Expo 2015: Azerbaijan, the Jewel

Azerbaijan pavilion - photo by architectural-photographer.eu
Azerbaijan pavilion – photo by architectural-photographer.eu

The “Jewel”, as it is renamed, is composed of a very simple architecture, made with traditional materials of the Country. With its forms it tries to interpret the soul of Azerbaijan.

Light and transparency are the fundamental elements that ensure continued flexibility for every interior spaces, according to bio-architectural criteria that provide the minimal energy waste.

Azerbaijan pavilion, the interior - photo by mymodernmet.com
Azerbaijan pavilion, the interior – photo by mymodernmet.com

You are welcome in an expansive atrium, which introduce you to the natural beauty of the Country. Here you can hear the “Symphony of Azerbaijan”, the wall is characterised with musical staff that recalls the importance of music in this Country, which is today UNESCO Spiritual heritage.

This staff will accompany you throughout all the pavilion: notes made of brass and tens of video screens form the Symphony Azerbaijan and with a flow of significant images and information about the Country.

Azerbaijan pavilion, the Symphony
Azerbaijan pavilion, the Symphony

Go up to three separate levels where you can view the three Biospheres:

The first floor is about the colours of the Azerbaijan: many different landscapes with a great variety of colours make this country one the 25 hotspot of biodiversity. The Biosphere 1 will lead you to the centre of Azerbaijan. A silhouette of eagle wants to recall the shape of the country…very suggestive…it seems flying from west to east.. it is a metaphor of the country’s tension when looking towards the future.

Azerbaijan pavilion, the colours
Azerbaijan pavilion, the colours

On the second floor, there are the tastes of the Country: here the theme is the world of Azerbaijan foods: their variety and healthy properties, the strategies to conserve it for the future. It is an experienced based floor, with interactive tables and tasting events, which are organized on this floor during the evenings.

The Biosphere 2 is dedicated to the biodiversity: it represents a pomegranate tree – the pomegranate being the national fruit – representing Azerbaijan’s abundance and variety. The diversity viewed as of multiformity, abundance and richness, from both natural and anthropological points of view.

Azerbaijan pavilion, the taste - photo by inhabitat.com
Azerbaijan pavilion, the taste – photo by inhabitat.com

 And finally, an upturned tree in the Biosphere 3 means the relationship between innovation and tradition in Azerbaijan. On the upper part of this place, among the roots are exhibited the treasures of the Country, the works of traditional craftsmanship, history and culture. On the lower part you will enclose in foliage of the upturned tree.

Azerbaijan pavilion, the Upturned tree - photo by inhabitat.com
Azerbaijan pavilion, the Upturned tree – photo by inhabitat.com

At the end… relax yourself on the terrace, where, the restaurant will offer fusion dishes created through a collaboration between Italian and Azerbaijani. Try a traditional cup of tea with cakes or dried fruits!

 Azerbaijan Pavilion, the terrace - photo by dezeen.com
Azerbaijan Pavilion, the terrace – photo by dezeen.com

 

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