Universal Exhibitions originate with the aim of bringing together diverse countries to promote the cultural, commercial and technological exchanges; but at the same time, it is a time to pause and celebrate, establishing a cross-section to the state of humanity as a reflection of its time.
To Chile it is a valuable opportunity to be displayed as a modern country, with attributes of sobriety, reliability, stability, and both cultural and geographical diversity.
The topic that convenes the 2015 exhibition is aimed at the global concerns associated to the growing demands for energy and food by the world population, whose origin comes from the progressive industrialization of societies, population growth and the growing and sustained urbanization process as a result of rural-urban migration.
Chile before being a country is a landscape. That is the image that projects to the world, but not as a particular landscape, but as the sum of remote and diverse landscapes, composed by a plurality of soils, climate, flora and fauna; which have given rise to different but unitary cultures in geopolitical terms. In this sense, we could say that Chile is a country-container of identity.
A Pavilion by definition is “a building that depends on another” or “A small building built in a garden or park.” In the context of a world’s exhibition it is expected that the pavilion contain amazing things that characterize a country.
The proposed project consists in a container of evocative sensory experiences, woven into an intense and powerful geographic story. Using sensory resources such as smell, light and wind, atmospheres associated with a specific geographic territory are organized from North to South.
Four dramatic breaks are established in vertical indoor spaces. In sum, a coherent story is encompassed and realizes a diverse and abundant country in natural resources. This story, represented in sensory experiences, seeks the enhancement of our country as a world´s nature reserve and as a privileged territory to generate clean and renewable energy.