The concept of the Cluster “ Sea, Islands and Food”, coming from the workshop of September 2012, is titled “Rhythm of Discovery”. The idea is to abstract the antropic and natural experience and the exoticism of the islands (located between the Tropic of Capricorn and Cancer, on the equatorial belt) both in plastic and  geometric shape that in a total sensory experience: music, internal and external lighting, tactile sense of surfaces and materials, food and drink tasting and olfactory experience.

The small parcel is characterized by two narrow and long volumes organized to create a wide open central area, which appears to be the  zone for the outfitting, scenografy and exhibition. A ground bamboo forest meets a suspended bamboo forest of 7000 reeds, anchored to the structure of the two pavillons. The reeds can fluctuate and touching each other creating an ancestral low-frequency sound alternating with tinkling of sounding metal fish. This  school of fish are suspendend above the water surface. The round fountain, dedicated to aquaculture, and other three thematic fountains are obtained from the drawing on the ground of the flooring: a network of lines inspired by the ancient nautical maps of Polynesia and the Marshall Islands.

During the night light effects are added to the sound like hanging tentacles in the reeds,  or glare immersed in water, to create the moon’s reflection on the bellies of fish.

At the end of the parcel are identified entertainment and dining areas, wich coatings take inspiration from the wicker baskets or intertwined natural fibers boxes. The outfitting are calibrated on the cultural , artistic and culinary proposals of the partecipating countries.
Instead of the exhibition spaces, dedicated to individual countries, develop inside the two pavilions , which are characterized by a carved ceiling with “bright volcanoes”, leading the overhead light to the showrooms. Externally, the two pavilions seem large clouds, or sails to the wind, or even translucent jellyfish that light up at night with LED lights,  sit between the coating (a PVC micro- network ) and the architectural enclosure. Instead the first three meters at the external base of the pavillons stand for a “sea of ​​information”: an exhibition of multilingual content,  explained like  slogans, quotes, and evocations, or in narrative and argumentative form with writing, images and infographics.


Go to this link to hear the sound of bamboo:





Luisa Collina (Politecnico di Milano) Matteo Gatto (EXPO Milano)



Concept supervisor:

Kengo Kuma (The University of Tokyo, Japan)



Marco Imperadori (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)



Accademic staff :

Giuliana Iannaccone (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)

Marco Imperadori (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)

Esa Juhani Laaksonen (Alvar Aalto University, Finland)

Salvator-John A. Liotta (University of Tokyo, Japan)



Atelier2, Arianna Brambilla, Michele Calzavara, Roberto Francieri, Valentina Gallotti, Marco Pesenti, Francesco Pittau, Paola Trivini, Andrea Vanossi



Anna Elisabette Honkasalo, Aya Mohamed Said Al Kadi Jazaierly,

Claudia Cristina Pollina, Cristina Pusceddu, Eetu Jahannes Enqvist,

Francisco Rodriguez Rolfi, Elia Tomat, Flavia Proverbio, Gabriele Sorrento,

Ilaria Ronchi, Ilaria Urbani, Ishihara Takahiro, Laura Kristina Euro,

Marco Merla, Marina Vitale, Song Gao, Yuta Ito, Zohreh Shaghaghian



Project development:

Giuliana Iannaccone (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)

Marco Imperadori (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)

Salvator-John A. Liotta (University of Tokyo, Japan)


Valentina Gallotti

Paola Trivini

Andrea Vanossi


Engineering: Fiera Milano


Technical  advice: Politecnico di Milano


Content advice:

Vincenzo Russo (Libera Univesità di Lingue e Comunicazione IULM)

Maria Tilde Bettetini (Libera Univesità di Lingue e Comunicazione IULM)


Official photographs  final outfitting: Alessandra Sanguinetti (Contrasto)