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Drawing inspiration from nature, Italy’s Roma studio Nemesi & Partners, designed the Expo 2015 Italy pavilion with a breathing façade. This is Nemesi Partners Expo contribuition, and already is one of the most visited Expo 2015 Milan Pavilions!
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.
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.
Italy pavilion by Nemesi & Partners additional data:
design: nemesi & partners srl, arch. michele molè and arch. susanna tradati
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