italy pavilion at expo milan 2015 by nemesi & partners

italy pavilion at expo milan 2015 by nemesi & partners


italy pavilion at expo milan 2015 by nemesi & partners

 

 

 

reaching a total height of 35 meters, the italy pavilion at expo 2015 is the only structure that will remain on site after the six month event. designed by nemesi & partners, the building consists of the permanent six-storey ‘palazzo italia’ and an adjacent series of temporary structures.

 

located in close proximity to the lake arena, the prominently positioned pavilion features a geometric texture that evokes the intertwining random branches. the full external façade is clad in biodynamic panels that are designed to capture air pollution, converting it into inert salts and consequently reducing smog levels.

italy pavilion expo milan 2015 nemesi & partners michele mole interview designboom
the full external façade is clad in biodynamic panels that are designed to capture air pollution

 

 

 

realized by stahlbau pichler, the pavilion’s roof is an interpretation of a forest canopy, with photovoltaic glass and curved geometric shapes. the roof reaches its architectural height above an inner piazza, where a massive glazed conical skylight hangs over the square, radiating natural light. this space – the symbolic heart of the complex – is the starting point for the exhibition route, in the midst of the four volumes that make up palazzo italia.

 

to understand more about the pavilion, designboom spoke with architect michele molè of nemesi & partners, who were chosen ahead of 67 other practices to complete the project.

 

 


michele molè of nemesi & partners explains the italy pavilion at expo 2015
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italy pavilion expo milan 2015 nemesi & partners michele mole interview designboom
the pavilion features a geometric texture that evokes the intertwining random branches
image © designboom

italy pavilion expo milan 2015 nemesi & partners michele mole interview designboom
the central piazza is considered the symbolic heart of the complex

italy pavilion expo milan 2015 nemesi & partners michele mole interview designboom
the public square is the starting point for the exhibition route

italy pavilion expo milan 2015 nemesi & partners michele mole interview designboom
the scheme is illuminated using a giant skylight
image © designboom

italy pavilion expo milan 2015 nemesi & partners michele mole interview designboom
the intertwining motif is continued throughout the design

italy pavilion expo milan 2015 nemesi & partners michele mole interview designboom
palazzo italia is the only structure that will remain on site after the six month event

 

 

project info:

 

client: expo 2015 SpA
design: nemesi & partners srl, arch. michele molè and arch. susanna tradati
design partners:
proger /BMS progetti, engineering and cost management
prof. eng. livio de santoli, sustainabilityenergy
general contractor italy pavilion: italiana costruzioni SpA
contractors palazzo italia:
mantovani group, foundations
italiana costruzioni SpA, building
italcementi SpA and styl-comp group, branched facade
stahlbau pichler srl, sailcovering

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