Created by a multi-firm project team, the Hungarian pavilion features a rounded front and back designed in reference to the slender and circular shamanic drums. Inside, the barrel-shaped structure functions like a greenhouse to accommodate an array of flora and fauna native to the country. Following the Expo, portions of the 3,000-square-foot pavilion will be reassembled in Hungary for use as a medical information center.
Project DescriptionFROM THE ARCHITECTS:
Theme: From the Purest Sources
The ribs embracing the rooftop garden at first suggest a huge skeleton; they could however also embody the turning towards sunlight, as they become the petals and leaves surrounding and protecting the “essence”. The garden houses “Life” itself: 33 species of fruits, vegetables, herbs and medicinal plants endemic to Hungary will be on display for the duration of the World’s Fair.
One of the highlights of the exhibition will be the newly designed concert piano developed by internationally renowned pianist Gergely Bogányi and his team, considered a significant advance in piano building. Well known pieces by Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály will be performed by acclaimed artists. The pavilion will also present the best of the one hundred year old Hungarian art of photography and cartoons, as well as a selection of innovations by world famous Hungarian scientists and innovators.
Last but not least the visitor will get to know the most important highlights of Hungarian-Italian historical and cultural relations.
To sum it all up, we are confident that the Hungarian Pavilion will offer a complex and exciting selection of the values that define Hungarian identity.