UK’s Expo pavilion judged best by Italian architects

British pavilion for Expo Milan 2015 wins prize from Italian architects’ associations.

The beehive-shaped pavilion of the United Kingdom at Expo Milan 2015, designed by award-winning British architect Wolfgang Buttress, has been hailed as the best by a jury of Italian architects, engineers and builders.

The announcement on Tuesday 29 September at the Milan Triennale praised the “skillful response to the expectations of communicative architecture and the interdisciplinary [success] of the professions and competencies involved.”

The judges continued: “It is among those which best interpreted the theme [Feeding the planet, energy for life – ed.], attracting visitors by day and by night thanks to an interesting play of lighting reproducing in real time a bee-hive being monitored by Nottingham Trent University.

The great hive is like a great sculpture, planned to be easily assembled and disassembled to be transported elsewhere after Expo closes.”

The jury also made special mention of the pavilions of Brazil, Chile and Mexico, and – hors concours – the Clusters, or themed pavilions.

Visitors to Milano Expo 2015 voted the British pavilion third best after Italy and Bahrain.

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