milanexpo

The design for the Malaysian pavilion for the upcoming Universal Expo in Milan has been unveiled and it looks… like this.

The Milan Expo website reported on the Malaysian structure earlier this week with a typo that cited “Prime Minister” Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s unveiling of the design in Putrajaya. The Expo, to be held in 2015, is expected to attract 20 million visitors and gathers designs from all over the world under the theme of “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”.

The brown, sausage-like design, by architecture firm Hijjas Kasturi Associates, apparently draws inspiration from rice seeds and symbolises Malaysia’s own growth and economic development via agriculture. The pavilion is themed “Towards a sustainable eco-system” and sprawls over 2047 square metres. With this in mind, the structure will be made from “Glulam” or light, laminated timber. Reconstituted risk husks will be used for some of the walkways.

So far, so natural. No wonder we’re reminded of a call of nature – in more ways than one.