The theme for the Expo Milan 2015 China Pavilion is "The Land of Hope" The winning proposal by Studio Link-Arc embodies this theme in part through its undulating roof, derived by merging the profile of a city (on the north side) with the profile of a landscape (on the south side), signifying the idea that hope can be realized when the city and nature exist in harmony. The floating canopy is a timber structure that references the traditional Chinese raised-beam system, and in covered in shingled bamboo panels. The building's ground level is defined by a landscape of wheat - acknowledging China's agrarian past - that transitions into a multimedia installation. The exhibition programs are experienced as a sequence of spaces, beginning in an exterior waiting area in the landscape and leading to a themed interactive exhibition space. Visitors are then guided up a gently sloped ramp to a platform and step outside onto a roof terrace with expansive views of the Expo grounds.