Take A Look At Milan Expo’s 2015 Pavilions on Opening Day

The USA Pavilion’s 7,200-square-foot vertical farm. Image © Saverio Lombardi Vallauri

Italy’s global commercial fair, Milan Expo 2015 opened today. The six month event, expected to attract nearly 20 million visitors, is showcasing 54 national pavilions, among a number of corporate and multinational installations, all focused on “Feeding the Planet” and promoting their national cuisine. Pavilions by Foster + Partners, Herzog & de Meuron, SPEECHDaniel Libeskind and many others will remain on view through October 31.

Take a look at some of the fair’s most talked about pavilions on opening day, after the break.

Faber Headquarters / GEZA

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Architects: GEZA
Location: Via dell’ Industria, 33043 Zona Industriale-artigianale UD,
Design Team: Stefania Anzil, Chiara Marchetti, Tania Teixeira, Francesco Casella, Tina Carletti
Area: 3170.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Massimo Crivellari

Bêka and Lemoine’s Mini-Series Captures OMA’s Final Month of Construction on Fondazione Prada

Building up to the May 9 opening of OMA’s Fondazione Prada, Italian filmmakers Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine have released 15-video series that captures the rhythmic and somewhat “transient” nature of the project’s last month of construction. Part of a long ongoing relationship between Prada and OMA, the highly anticipated venue will be an “unusually diverse environment” sculpted from a historic 20th-century distillery south of Milan‘s city center that will be used to exhibit art. 

Follow this link to watch the short-film series and get a sense of the building’s current atmosphere. Stay tuned for images of the complete project. 

Daniel Libeskind’s “Future Flowers” Represent Oikos at Milan Design Week

Courtesy of Oikos

Daniel Libeskind, together with Italian paint company Oikos, has transformed the Università Statale’s Pharmacy Courtyard into a garden of “Future Flowers” as part of the 2015 Milan Design Week. On view through May 24, the was inspired by one of Libeskind’s “Chamberwork” drawings. It features a series of intersecting red metal “blades” that represent a collection of Oikos paints developed by Libeskind.

Zen Sushi Restaurant / Carlo Berarducci Architecture

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Architects: Carlo Berarducci Architecture
Location: Via degli Scipioni, 243, 00192 Roma,
Area: 350.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Pizzikotto / Andrea Langhi Design

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Architects: Andrea Langhi Design
Location: Reggio Emilia, Reggio Emilia,
Area: 200.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Daniele Domenicali

Christo’s Floating Piers Will Let You Walk on Water in Italy

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By adjoining 200,000 fabric-lined floatable components, Christo hopes to allow the residents of two mainland towns in Italy‘s Lombardy region to walk on water for a duration of two weeks in June 2016. If approved, the ”Floating Piers” would connect both towns with the Lake Iseo islands via an extended, brightly colored fabric dock that would stretch across two miles.

Residence Pfarrmessner Sterzing / Pedevilla Architects

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Architects: Pedevilla Architects
Location: 39049 Vipiteno BZ,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Gustav Willeit

The Covered Garden / Laboratorio Permanente

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Architects: Laboratorio Permanente
Location: 42015 RE,
Architects In Charge: Nicola Russi, Angelica Sylos Labini, Pietro Ferrario
Area: 400.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Luca Santiago Mora

ESSE House / ellevuelle architetti

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Architects: ellevuelle architetti
Location: , Forlì-Cesena, Italy
Area: 285.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Alvise Raimondi

Museum of Cultures Completes in Milan

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The Museo delle Culture (Museum of Cultures), or MUDEC, has completed in . Overshadowed by controversy, the building has made headlines this week due to a disagreement over its “poor quality” flooring that has led its architect (David Chipperfield) to disassociate himself with the project. Despite this, MUDEC is moving forward with plans to open on April 26. Take a look inside the building, after the break.

The House on the House / Raimondo Guidacci

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Architects: Raimondo Guidacci
Location: TO, Italy
Area: 30.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Beppe Giardino

David Chipperfield Disowns Milan’s Museum of Culture Over “Floor War”

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The poor quality and laying of stone flooring in Milan‘s newly completed Museum of Culture has led its architect, David Chipperfield to dissociate himself with the building. Blasting officials for skimping on materials, the British architect is demanding his name be removed from the project, claiming the building is now a “museum of horrors” and a “pathetic end to 15 years of work” due to the low quality flooring. 

On the contrary, ’s council says the material decision was made in the “interests of the taxpayers,” further claiming that, according to councillor Filippo del Corno, Chipperfield has been “unreasonable and impossible to please.” 

caboto26 / Raimondo Guidacci

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Architects: Raimondo Guidacci
Location: , Italy
Collaborators: Roberto Spigarolo, Giancarlo Ambu, Paola Mare
Area: 120.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Beppe Giardino, Jana Sebestova

Cascina Merlata Residential Development / Mario Cucinella Architects

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Architects: Mario Cucinella Architects
Location: Milan,
Design Team: Mario Cucinella, David Hirsch, Marco Dell’Agli, Luca Stramigioli, Giuliana Maggio, Yuri Costantini
Area: 14000.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Guido Maria Isolabella, Euromilano

UV House / OASI architects

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Architects: OASI architects
Location: Varese VA,
Architect In Charge: Pietro Ferrario, Francesco Enea Castellanza
Year: 2014
Photographs: Stefania Matteo

Milan Expo 2015: EMBT Designs Dome for COPAGRI

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“The splendor of the Italian cities are beautifully represented by their domes,” says Miralles Tagliabue EMBT. Embracing this notion, EMBT has designed a wooden dome for COPAGRI, a confederation of agricultural producers that brings together hundreds of Italian farmers, to showcase their products at the 2015 Milan Expo

“The design started from the observation of Italian landscapes, both natural and man-shaped,” said EMBT in a press release. “In our project the domes are not only representing the magnificence of the Italian past, but they also show us potential for the future lying in the construction of domes.”

Milan Expo 2015: Photographic Updates Of The Pavilions In Progress

Pavilion of Vanke. Image Courtesy of / Archilovers

This tour – made possible through the Expo’s account – gives us fresh insight into the development of projects like Daniel Libeskind’s pavilion for Vanke, which is clad in a self-cleaning, air purifying, metalised tile, to Nemesi’s ‘smog-eating pavilion’ for Italy. With the opening of the 2015 Universal Exposition set to take place in a little over one month’s time Milan, for a six month period, will become a global showcase for the thematic study of food. With over 140 participating nations tackling the question of “how to be able to guarantee healthy, safe and sufficient food for everyone, while respecting the planet and its equilibrium,” new innovations in architecture, engineering and material design will be central to the exhibitions.

See snapshots of the pavilions under construction after the break.