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30APR 2015

Italy Pavilion / Expo Milano 2015

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The Italian Pavilion project, winner of the international design competition awarded by Expo 2015 S.p.A.

© Pietro Carrieri, courtesy of Italcementi
, foresees the construction of the Palazzo Italia,a building of approximately 12000 sq. m. destined to be used for exhibition areas, offices, institutional and event spaces and pavilions situated along the Cardo, for a further 9000 sq. m. of area devoted to exhibition spaces.

© Pietro Carrieri, courtesy of Italcementi
The Palazzo Italia is the symbolic heart of the whole project, destined to remain even after the end of the Event. The general concept of the Palazzo Italia is that of an architectural landscape, in which the building assumes, through its very skin and volumetric distribution, the appearance of a tree-forest in which visitors can immerse themselves and live an emotional experience. Palazzo Italia: a natural architecture The Italian identity is interconnected with the size of the landscape. The Palazzo Italia project is an experiential story where the visitor loses himself in an architectural landscape, evocative of an “urban” forest that it completely surrounds the visitor because of the trees and volume of which it is composed.The Palazzo Italia, with its skin of branches, evocative of a natural architecture, is a metaphor of the Tree of Life.

© Pietro Carrieri, courtesy of Italcementi
The project researches, through the design of the branched outer skin, a synthesis and abstraction that recalls the simplicity and naturalness of some artworks by artists of Land Art, called “Natural Architecture”. The Palazzo Italia in its own way, represents a “Natural Architecture”, in which a poetic design and experimental technology merge, giving life to a spectacular organism and sustainable energy. The branches represent the nursery garden. The vertical development of the skin forms a mesh of branches that rises and stretches towards the sky, indicating the upsurge of Italy towards the future,thanks to the young talents who represent the Nursery of Ideas. The roots- a recall to tradition. Big feet/roots sinking in the earth, seeking nourishment (a metaphor of the deep relationship between the Italian identity and tradition).

© Pietro Carrieri, courtesy of Italcementi
Palazzo Italia, an osmotic organism with the environment The dimensions of the project builds an architecture that is alive and interactive, that, like a tree, is able to exchange energy both actively and passively with the outside. The building is bioclimatic that will follow the Class A+ certification.The concept of the tree-forest takes shape primarily thanks to the strategic placement of the technological and energetic framework of device points that makes the building an osmotic organism with its environment. The tree building exchanges energy through: - The branched outer skin in premixed photocatalytic cement - The glass photovoltaic canopy that captures solar energy and contributes to the formulation of the microclimate of the square below. Palazzo Italia: functional organization Palazzo Italia is organised in accordance with four functional blocks connected by bridge elements, real urban scenes that defines the great emptiness of the central square, a place of welcome and a symbol of the community.

© Pietro Carrieri, courtesy of Italcementi
The functional blocks respectively host the Exhibition area (West Block), the Auditorium area (South Block), the office areas (North Block) and the Delegations room (East Block). The project interprets the overall theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”, valorising the concept of the community: the energy of the community is represented by the Piazza del Palazzo Italia, the symbolic heart and starting place of the exhibition. The project originates from the energy that derives from being together, which means friendship, community and acceptance. The symbol of the community is the square, big and empty around which the exhibition is organized. Cardo pavilions The Cardo Pavilions have been designed in keeping with the project of Palazzo Italia and represent the discovery of the Italian territory.

© Pietro Carrieri, courtesy of Italcementi
The volumetric distribution of the project is based on the idea of typical Italian villages consisting of building of various dimensions juxtaposed with small squares, terraces with cafe bars and archways..


© Pietro Carrieri, courtesy of Italcementi © Pietro Carrieri, courtesy of Italcementi © Pietro Carrieri, courtesy of Italcementi © Pietro Carrieri, courtesy of Italcementi © Pietro Carrieri, courtesy of Italcementi © Pietro Carrieri, courtesy of Italcementi


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