Casalgrande for Vanke Pavilion

The Chinese Vanke corporation was first to the finish-line after 10 months of work on a construction site where the Italian flag flew proudly and deservedly next to the Chinese flag, thanks to the Turin-based Bodino Engineering, which built the pavilion, and Casalgrande Padana, which supplied a futuristic porcelain tile shell, to translate Expo 2015's most complex architectural project into reality.

Drawn up by Daniel Libeskind, the project extends over an area of 1000 square metres, each of which explores the tenets of parametric architecture. The building work involved the use of over 140 tonnes of steelfor the structural elements and about 4200 porcelain panels from the Fractile series, designed by the architect according to an exclusive three-dimensional matrix.