The lakes of Vietnam have a lot of Lotus which was the concept behind the design of this pavilion with open-air exhibition spaces. The location of the project is Milan in Italy under sponsorship of the Vietnam Exhibition and Fair Centre.
The theme of the Expo is a proposed to look at ways Vitenam can counter energy and food problems which have engulfed in the country for many years. The Vo Trong Nghia Architects decided to use the Lotus through which they design the exhibition space centered within the Lotus pond.
Shading is provided by large lotus pod structures using bamboo cladding. The structures not only act as shading elements on their own but also accommodate trees that are meant to provide more shade to the people below.
As you enter the exhibition space, you walk over platforms that are shaped like the Lotus leaf under high standing masses shaped like the lotus pods. There is a pool as well to cool the air and provide a favorable micro climate for people visiting the Pavilion. A screen wall has been integrated around the Pavilion and it will fold away as needed to provide for naturally ventilated open-air exhibition spaces.