The Russian Pavilion at Expo 2010 is an homage to early Slavic ideologies, specifically the concept of the World Tree and its branches as its people. The Pavilion of Russia consists of 12 white-gold towers, a central cube supported by those towers and the installation within. Each tower is marked with a pattern that recalls different periods of Russian architecture, from early nomadic settlements to the elaborately-designed cities of today. The cube at the center of these towers is lifted off the ground by these symbols of Russian culture, or as the architects explained, “hovering in the clouds”.
I love the delicacy of this pavilion, so beautiful! See the building of the pavilion here.