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Milan Expo 2015: Nemesi & Partners Reveal Smog-Eating Pavilion for Italy

Milan Expo 2015: Nemesi & Partners Reveal Smog-Eating Pavilion for Italy
Milan Expo 2015: Nemesi & Partners Reveal Smog-Eating Pavilion for Italy, Main Entrance. Image © Nemesi & Partners
Main Entrance. Image © Nemesi & Partners

Roma-based Nemesi & Partners has designed a 13,000 square meter “urban forest” that will serve as the Italian Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo. Enveloped within an intricate, branch-like skin, the six-story lattice structure will be made from 900 panels of “i.active BIODYNAMIC” cement that will “capture” air pollutants and convert them into inert salts. 

While purifying the surrounding atmosphere, the pavilion will also be generating energy with the installment of photovoltaic glass. This, along with an exterior play of solid and void, will illuminate an interior open square in which will serve as the main point of entry for visitors. From here, visitors can access four connecting blocks that will host exhibition, auditorium, office and conference areas. 

Inner Square. Image © Nemesi & Partners
Inner Square. Image © Nemesi & Partners

In addition to this, Nemesi will also design a series of temporary “Cardo buildings” whose installations will provide for additional exhibition space, restaurants and events.  

North Facade. Image © Nemesi & Partners
North Facade. Image © Nemesi & Partners

The Italian Pavilion will be one of the few permanent structures constructed for the Expo. 

  • Competition

    Milan Expo 2015: Italy Pavilion
  • Award

    First Prize
  • Architects

  • Location

    Milan, Italy
  • Engineers

    Proger, BMS Progetti
  • Sustainability

    Eng. Livio De Santoli
  • Contractor

    Italiana Costruzioni with Consorzio Veneto Cooperativo
  • Cement Manufacturer

    Italcementi Group
  • Area

    13000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "Milan Expo 2015: Nemesi & Partners Reveal Smog-Eating Pavilion for Italy" 19 May 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/507990/milan-expo-2015-nemesi-and-partners-reveal-smog-eating-pavilion-for-italy/>