29 Mar 2017
The pavilion is inspired by the forms of rice seeds and the rainforest
The Malaysian Pavilion, designed by Hijjas Kasturi Associates, runs no risk of going unnoticed. Four enormous “capsules”, inspired by the forms of rice seeds and the rainforest, are lined up on a single raised connecting deck and construct an abstract and mysterious landscape. The volumes are supported by a complex framework of laminated wood, cheaper and more sustainable than the equivalent made of steel and able to bear spans of large size. Thanks to this brilliant structural solution, the exhibition rooms inside are freed from the encumbrance of any intermediate structural supports.