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May 21, 2015

Herzog & de Meuron inaugurates Slow Food Pavilion at Expo Milan 2015 in Italy

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Slow Food has collaborated with Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron to design and construct the Slow Food Pavilion at Expo Milan 2015 in Italy, which was inaugurated this month.

The Italian organisation and the architect initially intended to collaborate on a masterplan for Expo Milan 2015; however, the initiative was later abandoned.

The partners stated that organisers would not take the necessary steps to convince participating nations to forgeo conventional self-contemplation in favour of specific contributions to agriculture and food production.

"The pavilion should allow the visitors to discover the significance of agricultural and food biodiversity."

Herzog & de Meuron founder and senior partner Jacques Herzog said: "We had indeed always seen that place, a triangular piece of land at the very eastern end of the Expo’s central boulevard, well-positioned to become one of the main public forums within our masterplan concept.

"For this area we designed three shacks, archaic, almost primitive wood structures that define the triangular space of an interior courtyard or market place.

"The pavilion should allow the visitors to discover the significance of agricultural and food biodiversity, to explore the variety of the products that are protagonists of biodiversity, and to become aware of the need of adopting new consumption habits."

Herzog & de Meuron was a member of Architecture Advisory Board during the Expo Milan masterplanning in 2009.

Construction of the pavilion is now in the implementation phase, informed Slow Food.

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