Digital Cocoon, is the 2nd prize proposal designed by Italian architect Marco De Gregorio for the Silk Road Map competition, it would be exhibited in the Expo Shanghai from the 6 to 13th of October in the Italian Pavillion.
The Silk Road has since the antiquity been a historical passage across the Eurasian continent and it has enhanced trade and relationships between China, Asia and Europe.
The project’s ideogram interprets and articulates these intricate set of travel connections and the silken pad. An object that expresses flexibility, the quality of being flexible, and that creates options for encounters is proposed.
The loop structure of the object is a transposition of both the road net and the cocoon which symbolizes the space, the transformation, and the preciosity of the silk.
The object is conceived as an iconic pavilion that redraws analogically the meanings of the Silk Road and the silk spun cocoon, celebrating the thoughts of the travel and the meeting.
The pavilion can be used as an outdoor living room providing spontaneous and scheduled activities, public events; it allows various access points, perspectives and experiences, from the exterior to the interior, multiplying and playing the individual visitor’s position in the space.
The travelling pavilion is conceived to be taken apart and can be transported easily. The morphological design can be made possible through new digital techniques and be realized with new advanced materials. As the caravans made their paths, the design object will traces the same route-net.
Digital Cocoon acknowledges its own iconic status and expresses its own poetic representation.
+ Designer: Marco De Gregorio