EXPO 2015 . ALGERIA PAVILION AND RESTAURANT
Expo Gold Medal winner
The exhibition aims to introduce the visitors to a Country grouned in tradition, but with a huge potential in the field of food production. The Algerian Government devotes extensive resources to unveil such potential.
The ground fl oor is divided into two main areas: Exhibition Hall and Restaurant.
The Exhibition Hall includes three areas.
The first area is named Oasis and recalls the atmosphere of the agorà and the souk.It illustrates the ancient history of food production as well the variety and richness of the Algerian land and sea. The space is fully surrounded with perforated panels as the traditional Algerian pattern moucharabia. The niches display images and objects, including a masterpiece: the Roman mosaic “Nymphe Cyrène” dating end of the III century / beginning of the II century DC.
A video documentary (made in Algeria for this special occasion) is projected on a large elliptical screen suspended in the center of the space while the history and geography of Algeria is shown on screens embedded in the walls. The preparation of the traditional Algerian food is a topic in the second area.
It is located in the corner next to the restaurant entrance and bordered by a large curved screen. In this area, a six minute movie shows a mother teaching her daughter (and visitors) about the art
of traditional cuisine. The third area is located next to the main exit. It is conceived to promote tourism: it hosts the distribution of promotional material and gadgets, the exhibition of handycraft objects and philately on the theme of EXPO. It allows the public to obtain, as a souvenir, a copy of a VISA passport.
The Restaurant is next to the Exhibition Hall.
It can host thirty diners placed at tables, under a perforated ceiling shaped as a half barrel.
Bottom mirrored walls multiply the visual space.
A large modern chandelier reinterprets the Arabian archetype.
The first floor is a private area for the Commissioner and his guests with space for meetings and entertaining. The large rectangular room is divided longitudinally with a two-faced bench, with a high backrest, shaped as typically Arabic. Aligned on the walls, one side hosts the VIP reception: a large screen shows, as in an window, all the images simultaneously showed on the elliptical screen on the ground floor.
On the other side a selection of local products and dishes will be offered to guests. A patchwork of typical Algerians carpets fully covers the floor and the bench and rare art objects are exposed in the wall niches in a very comfortable and special atmosphere.