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.
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.
The Italian Pavilion will be one of the few permanent structures constructed for the Expo.
CompetitionMilan Expo 2015: Italy Pavilion
EngineersProger, BMS Progetti
SustainabilityEng. Livio De Santoli
ContractorItaliana Costruzioni with Consorzio Veneto Cooperativo
Cement ManufacturerItalcementi Group
PhotographsNemesi & Partners