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Milan Expo 2015: Qatar

Andrea Maffei Architects


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Year Completed



2,450 sq. meters


Milan Expo 2015

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The layout of the Qatar pavilion mimics the urban layout of traditional markets, or souqs, emulating the internal paths carved out to go from one kiosk to another. At the heart of the 26,000-square-foot space is an awning with intersecting geometrical forms with multicolored glass panels. The shapes are supposed to mimic the jefeer, or the traditional food basket used in Qatar. The pavilion also features a rooftop garden. 

Project Description


Theme: "Seeding Sustainability Innovative Solutions for Food Security"

Qatar is a desert country, made up of long stretches of sand and dunes, whose inhabitants have always sought creative ways to address the challenges of a lack of food and water. For its water supply, the country has invested in the desalination of sea water, while its food supply has relied almost exclusively on imports.

At Expo Milano 2015 Qatar wants to show its commitment to safe, healthy and convenient food.
From its greenhouses to the table, from scientific laboratories to sport, the country is committed to seedingsustainability, or to achieve a healthy, safe and convenient, through solutions that are socially, economically and ecologically sustainable. Qatar is committed to building a culture of "healthy living" through the promotion of sports and scientific research for the responsible management of water and precious resources of its land.

The Qatar Pavilion showcases the latest technologies in a holistic, interactive and informative experience: it creates an oasis of innovation, invention, energy, industry and green technologies.
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