“It’s really a kind of identity parade.” – James Biber, architect of the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 to the New York Times
MILAN — James Biber can see Russia from his roof. Mr. Biber, the architect of the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015, the world’s fair that is racing to meet its opening date on Friday, also has a good view of Kuwait next door and Iran across the street.
But with its 33-yard roof canopy jutting out like a knife,Russia’s national pavilion commands particular attention. This is no small coup when you’re among dozens of buildings lined up in aesthetic disjunction, like words pulled from a hat by a Dadaist poet.
Beside the nearly milelong road that is the spine of the fairgrounds, the British pavilion hunkers behind a massive aluminum-and-steel sculpture inspired by a beehive. Next to it sits Hungary’s pavilion, a ribbed structure alluding to Noah’s ark, but also reminiscent of Pinocchio’s whale. To the north, the Palazzo Italia can be seen with its wrapping of spidery threads of white concrete, a patented material that is said to remove impurities from the air. With more than 80 buildings being constructed for the fair, it was getting a workout.
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