Milan World Expo 2015 - Expo Milano 2015

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May 1, 2015 - October 31, 2015

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Bahrain at the Exhibition Expo Milano 2015

© Philippe Lemaire

Architect(s) : Studio Anne Holtrop

Green Archaeology, the Kingdom of Bahrain's pavilion at Expo Milano 2015, is a poetic interpretation of the country's agrarian cultural heritage, which stems from the ancient civilisation of Dilmun.

With ten distinctive fruit gardens, containing fruit trees that will bear fruit at different times throughout the six-month duration of the exhibition, the pavilion also features archaeological artefacts that celebrate a thousand-year-old tradition of agriculture and perpetuate Bahrain's many myths as the location of the Garden of Eden and the land of millions of palm trees.

The prefabricated elements of the buildings, visible through the spaces that connect them to each other, refer loosely to the inherent and distinguished forms of Bahraini archaeology.

Green Archaeology

Inspired by the archaeology of ancient Bahrain and its agricultural landscape, the Kingdom of Bahrain's national pavilion showcases the country's heritage while addressing the challenges of food security, water supply and arable land.

Designed as a continuous landscape of fruit gardens that each contain a different fruit tree that is native to Bahrain, the gardens are intersected by a series of enclosed spaces that in turn contain a reception area, exhibition spaces and a café serving local Bahraini food.
The spaces all overlook the gardens and the setting, which form the main component of the pavilion's exhibition, and tell the story of the islands' rich agricultural heritage.

The pavilion, aptly named "Green Archaeology", is an unprecedented examination of the relationship between Bahraini culture, ancient heritage and agriculture.
Both artistic and scientific, the Pavilion is composed of various white prefabricated elements, which allow visitors to gain a unique perspective on the country's archaeology through its openings.
The gardens are complemented by an exhibition of archaeological objects from the ancient Dilmun and Tylos eras that refer to agricultural practices of the time as well as the many myths surrounding the islands in addition to a short film that presents the contemporary agricultural landscape of Bahrain.

The pavilion will be moved to Bahrain at the end of the Expo and once rebuilt will serve as a botanical garden.