Architectural Insight: Malaysia Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015

Let’s forget our terrible-looking Malaysia Pavilion back in 2010 during the Shanghai World Expo and move on to the latest pavilion of our country for the on-going Expo Milano 2015. If you do forget how it looks like (for the Shanghai one), then here’s a picture of the pavilion to remind you.


By the way, please don’t confuse this ‘Malaysia Pavilion’ thing with the high-end Pavilion shopping mall in Bukit Bintang, KL. We are now referring to the expo’s pavilion; a structure representing a specific country or organization for exhibition. For this year’s Expo Milano 2015 (universal exposition held once in every five years), Malaysia do have its own pavilion as usual and the design is considered good (at least so much better looking than the one five years ago in Shanghai). Few pictures of our pavilion now in Milan for the 2015 World Expo themed on ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’.

Le nuove foto di Expo 2015



(The overly-decorated trishaw is a bit hideous here)

So much better looking. Our Malaysia Pavilion is also being highlighted by many articles as one of the most interesting design of pavilions in the Expo Milano 2015. By the way, it is designed by Hijjas Kasturi, one of established architecture firms in Malaysia. Here’s a bit of description regarding the Malaysia Pavilion (Expo Milano 2015) from the official source (

Malaysia’s pavilion will have the theme, “Towards a Sustainable Food Ecosystem”. The theme will highlight Malaysia’s transformation agenda of sustainability and inclusiveness by focusing on various efforts undertaken under the Economic Transformation Programme’s National Key Economic Areas, especially the agriculture, palm oil and rubber sectors, tourism and business services. One important theme will be the dynamics between economic advancement and the preservation of the environment; and between biodiversity and commercial agriculture.


The pavilion will be spread over 2,047 square metres, takes the shape of four seeds. The curves of the design and the weaving patterns on the structure reflect the versatility and dynamism of the nation. The Malaysia Pavilion design drew inspiration from the humble rainforest seed. The seed, a symbol of growth, signifies a beginning of a journey, and the potential within. This seed is a metaphor for Malaysia’s own economic transformation from one based primarily on commodities and agriculture through export-oriented industrialization. It is also one driven by higher value-added industries and services.




The architectural design incorporates green and sustainable features in line with the sustainability theme of the Expo. The external structure of the seeds are constructed with “Glulam” or glued laminated timber, an innovative structural timber made of local sustainable material. The choice of Glulam, combined with the structurally complex form of our pavilion in Expo Milano 2015 is a deliberate effort to showcase Malaysia’s capabilities in both design and innovative materials.

The Malaysia Pavilion reflects Malaysia’s continuous journey to develop and mature into a nation that is underpinned by a system that drives the cycle of life, promotes sustainability and responsible utilization and consumption of natural resources.


More information on Malaysia Pavilion (Expo Milano 2015) can be found here:

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)


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