• Project CodeCHPAV
  • Project NameChina Pavilion – Milan Expo 2015
  • LocationMilan, Italy + Shanghai, China
  • ArchitectStudio Link-Arc/Tsinghua University
  • Developer/OwnerChina Council for Promotion International Trade
  • TypeCultural / Pavilion
  • Square Footage3,600 sqft
  • StatusCompleted

With the Expo Milano 2015’s theme “Feeding the Planet - Energy for Life”, the China Pavilion’s “Land of Hope” centers on ideas of sustainability and the coexistence of nature and cityscape. Close collaboration and a holistic approach to architecture, engineering, and fabrication enabled the realization of the vision of an almost floating wavy timber roof signature structure.
Designed as a free form timber structure, the Pavilion roof uses con- temporary glulam technology to create a long-span exhibition space covering a multi-media installation consisting of 22,000 LED stalks integrated into the landscape.

Additional Information
Expanding on Expo Milano 2015’s overarching theme, “Feeding the Planet – Energy for Life”, the project brought together craftsmen, designers, and engineers to utilize modern timber construction methods, showcasing the significance of sustainability while maximizing structural efficiency. The work consisted of full structural engineering design and schematic building enclosure design for the project.

Expertise Caption
Structural Design, Construction Engineering, Advanced Enclosure Design, Complex Geometries, Advanced Structural Analysis, Structural Optimization

*Work performed under previous employer.

Relevant Press

Archicreation / El Croquis China Interview with H. S. Schulze-Ehring
“From the Vision of the Era to Tectonic Expression” Published in this comprehensive book focused on the design and construction of the China Pavilion. October 2015
Structure Magazine H. S. Schulze-Ehring and F. Masetti
“Pushing the Boundaries of Timber Design: World Expo Milano 2015 China Pavilion” July 2015
Civil Engineering Magazine of the American Society of Civil Engineers Interview with H. S. Schulze-Ehring
“…Structural design achievements for the Milano World Expo 2015 China Pavilion signature structure” May 2015