The final section is devoted to “Pleasure and Health”, inviting its guests to rediscover the pleasures of cooking and eating after their explorative exertions, also offering numerous slogans on actions beneficial to the future of food.
The colorful museum-space fluctuates with 3D holograms of cocoa, roses, quinoa and other products of nature, using a technological system which also reproduces their perfumes.
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Sinuous ramps, evoking desert sand-dunes, lead visitors to the heart of the Pavilion, where a film presentation called “Family Tree” is projected. Towards the end of this, visitors enter an interactive theatrical space where they are involved in concluding the story they have become part of. The visit finishes with another theme-related display, “The Secret Life of a Date Palm Tree”.
The all wood and technology Pavilion uses typical traditional “kiik” swings as a recurrent motif, which visitors can use to generate electricity.
The first part of the German Pavilion’s itinerary illustrates the sources of nutrition (soil, climate and biodiversity). In the “Fields of Ideas” area, visitors can interact with displays to access further multimedia information. The grand finale consists of the “Be(e)active” digital show, where participants experience a flight over Germany (on 3,000 screens showing the country’s landscapes) from the viewpoint of two bees in flight… whose movements are directed by an orchestra conductor.
The Japanese pavilion contains 17 thousand pieces of wood assembled in such a way as to let sunlight pass between them. It has a restaurant with ten tables, each offering a virtual meal with explanations. Combining tradition with technology, the benefits of Japanese diet are explained throughout the Pavilion.
Through the show called “Oculus”, Indonesia offers a virtual journey through its territory and culture, using immersive images and sounds which make visitors feel transported to the archipelago.
Iran’s Pavilion represents a tent billowing in the wind, with a ceiling covered in mirrors. Thus visitors walk through its wealth of plants which can also be seen as though mirrored in the sky. During the six months of Expo, various traditional performances will be staged.
The most suggestive element here is the Ireland Plaza, a large open area which will stage shows, concerts and performances in an atmosphere of traditional Irish conviviality.
The most striking exterior feature of Israel’s Pavilion is its “vertical garden”: a wall 70 meters in length and 12 high, completely covered with live plants, whose flowers and colors will change during the months of the Expo.
The Pavilion offers visitors an experience in two phases. The first space, using 3D films and multidirectional effects, illustrates the history of Israeli agriculture and its techniques for obtaining food from deserts. One of the films shows the country’s reforesting projects, backed by the Jewish National Fund (JNF). The second space features a spectacular dancing tapestry of LED illumination.
The Italian Pavilion consists of nine different areas and attractions in various parts of the site. One of these – Palazzo Italia – displays a map of Europe from which Italy has been removed. A voice, preceded by a siren, asks what the world would be like without Italy, while projections show samples of the country’s artistic, cultural and gastronomic treasures, and discoveries, creations and inventions made by Italians through the centuries.
Visitors pass through various theme areas: "Welcome to Kazakhstan " (with an introductory video), "Wheat" (a dynamic diorama recreates a typical landscape of fields of wheat, one of the country’s most important natural resources), "The management of water resources" (two large panoramic screens present major rivers and lakes, underlining the importance of protecting biodiversity and fishing), "Products of Kazakhstan" (especially milk, horse meat and apples), and "Astana Expo 2017" (a preview of some of the projects of the Exposition to be held in Astana in three years’ time on the theme "Future Energy").
The Pavilion’s architecture evokes the Kuwaiti Dhow, the triangular-sail boat still used in the Arabian Gulf. The lateral facades display examples of the greenhouse and hydroponic cultivation used in Kuwait.
The first section of the visitor’s itinerary illustrates the country’s features and climate. The second shows how scientific study and research have made it possible to create fertility in arid landscapes. In the last section, guests can immerge themselves in Kuwaiti culture.
The Lithuanian Pavilion is structured in two large white cubes connected by a walkway, reminiscent of a giant set of weighing scales. In a space shaped like a grain of wheat in the first cube, cartoon characters recount the country’s history. In the second cube, interactive screens illustrate its technological innovations.
The Malaysian Pavilion has the form of four huge rain forest seeds scattered on the ground, housing one interior space. The exterior of the seeds is built using “Glulam”, an innovative glued laminated structural wood made from local sustainable materials. The fourth seed houses music, art and cultural attractions illustrating the spirit of Malaysia.
The Pavilion is reminiscent of a fortified Arab citadel. At the end of the visit, guests can relax in a typical Mediterranean garden with palm trees, olive trees and orange trees. The country highlights the riches of its land, such as the renowned Argan oil, via an exhibition path complete with video and installations. Visitors will be able to discover Morocco's culture and learn about its natural resources through a multi-sensorial experience.
The Mexican Pavilion is shaped like a giant corn cob. Visitors explore the interior displays strolling on spiral ramps beside a stream of water descending from the roof terrace, which features a restaurant and an urban garden.
The Moldova Pavilion is reminiscent of a sliced apple. One of its attractions will be projections of a film created specifically for Expo Milano 2015, called “Joc. Pure energy of life”, which tells the story of a traditional dance group from Moldova.
The Principality of Monaco’s exhibition space is divided into eleven stations created by large packaging cases, each of which represents a different theme connected with environmental protection.
The Pavilion is in the shape of a Mandala, the circular diagram made up of various geometric shapes which evokes the circle of life.
Visitors will immerse themselves in an atmosphere evoking the ancient settlements of the Kathmandu valleys, containing porticos and temples with 42 hand-carved columns.
The Dutch Pavilion is inspired by a fairground mood, including a Ferris wheel… particularly suitable for children too, therefore.
The extensive Pavilion represents part of a town, evoking the Sultanate’s typical architecture and agricultural practices.
A corridor leads to the Pavilion’s first floor. Here visitors enter a magic garden, from whose center a narrow winding path begins, lined with apple trees. These are reflected in mirrors which create suggestions of an infinite orchard, and a magical mood.
From the garden the visitor passes to the next display area which takes the form of a giant apple. Moving through this apple, the route leads down to ground level, where Poland’s economy is illustrated through animated graphics and projections. The itinerary then leads to a cinema space, where a series of instructive videos can be enjoyed.
The Pavilion centers on a basket shape, evokes a souk, and offers impressive high-tech interactive information.
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The visit is inspired by the concept of a bee’s journey, from an orchid to a flowery meadow and then returning to its hive, all accompanied by sounds and visuals recorded in a real hive in the UK.
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The Pavilion’s structure is inspired by the Korean “moon jar”, a pottery container used to ferment some of the country’s traditional dishes… whose preparation is demonstrated in the pavilion’s interior, and which may be tasted on the first floor.
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The heart of the Pavilion is the swimming pool area, designed to house festivities, events, tasting sessions and children’s workshops.
The entrance to the exhibition interior is marked by a palisade evoking a panpipe.
The ground floor offers a journey through the beauties of nature in Romania. The first floor represents a contemporary version of a typical village house in the delta of the Danube, made of wood and glass and surrounded by a garden.
Romania has chosen to tell its story through a voice from its folkloric tradition: Lia (originally CIocârlia) is a girl with an enchanting voice who according to legend fell in love with the sun and transformed herself into a bird in order to reach her beloved.
The Russian pavilion is a dynamic L-shaped structure, with a lightning motif, surging skywards. The pavilion tells the stories of some key Russian scientists of international renown whose work has contributed to the development of agriculture and food security, and highlights the role that Russia is playing in providing food for its own population and for the world.
The structure introduces visitors to Russia as they have never seen it before, with stunning cultural performances, an engaging business programme, the unique opportunity to meet the finest Russian chefs and, of course, the aromas and tastes of genuine Russian food and drink.
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Right from the words in many languages on its outer walls, the Pavilion offers two stimulations to reflection: “Man shall not live by bread alone” and “Give us this day our daily bread”. The visit actually starts before entering, when visitors are greeted by volunteers.
The itinerary then proceeds through five scenes illustrating different sides to the main theme: ecology, economy, solidarity, education and theology. The fourth scene (“Educating oneself in humanity”) consists of a wooden table on which are projected many situations in everyday life where people could act responsibly into order change the world for the better. The end of the visit is marked by the volunteers’ farewell.
A place for recharging: the relaxation area outside the Slovakia Pavilion – consisting of a cube of wooden slats with a waterfall that drives a watermill system – contains a series of beanbag chairs where smartphones and tablets can be recharged.
Five wooden and glass pyramids evoke the typical mountainous landscape of Slovenia. At the end of the visit – which concludes in an open space where vines, olives and a miniature forest grow – each visitor receives 5 grains of buckwheat.
The Spanish Pavilion presents a Flavor Journey which begins with a suitcase measuring 5x4 meters, and marks the beginning of an audiovisual installation by the Catalan artist Antoni Miralda. Once the visitor has passed the entrance, 20 different suitcases project 20 visual presentations, each devoted to a single food.
Miralda invites the visitor to interactively answer various questions on nutrition. The exhibition… the language of tastes then invites visitors to enter the culinary imagination of a cook, through various landscapes and aspects of Spanish food cultivation and production.
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The Pavilion is accessed via an authentic wooden boardwalk from Coney Island and is inspired by the concept of a traditional American grain barn, open-structured and on various levels. One of its outstanding features is the large ‘vertical farm’ whose products will be picked every day.
The Sudanese Pavilion is inspired by the traditional Nubian home, the country’s typical dwelling. It is entirely on ground level and develops around a central courtyard – the focal area of Sudanese domestic life and place for meals – from which the visitor can enter various theme rooms.
The courtyard respects Sudanese custom by serving traditional dishes and natural drinks. It also houses a display of leather products and other objects from the country’s folkloric heritage.
Four towers filled with water, salt, coffee and apples stand at the center of the Swiss Pavilion. Visitors take lifts up to the top of the towers, where they can help themselves to as much of these products as they want.
As the towers get emptied, the platform on which they stand gets lower, modifying the appearance of the Pavilion: a lesson in overconsumption. The Pavilion also holds a Swiss Home, dedicated to the issue of water, and a Nestlé interactive exhibition, which explores the relationship between nutrition and the brain. Also available, an interactive game called Plant Doctor.
The Thai Pavilion takes its main inspiration from the traditional rice-gatherer’s hat, called a ‘ngob’. Every day, the Pavilion will stage various performance events: boxing combats, puppet shows, giant mask theatre and musical competitions.
The Turkish Pavilion echoes a stylized pomegranate (‘nar’) and among other things contains a garden with plane trees where Ottoman tea can be drunk, surrounded by stalls and market installations.
The Pavilion takes its inspiration from the theme “Water is Life”, and is introduced by a spectacular fountain.
This Pavilion’s central section is inspired by Noah’s Ark, symbol of protecting biodiversity, while the two ends evoke shamanic drums, symbol of ancient connections between man and earth. Among many contents, a special high technology piano for musicians to try.
The visitor’s itinerary begins in the Pavilion’s garden, where the public receives initial information about the country. Then comes a Sound Ramp, where sound is used to depict various aspects of Uruguay, from voices in the fields to the waves of the ocean, from wood-fire grills crackling to Carnival festivities.