Irish pavilion, Expo 2015, Milan (Italy)

Expo Milan 2015 will be focused on the theme “Feeding the planet, energy for life”. The area that will be occupied by the exhibition site is located northwest of Milan and covers an area of 11 hectares, adjacent to the new fairgrounds and surrounded by a water channel. Inspired by the layout of ancient Roman cities, the area has been developed along two perpendicular axes: the decumanus (World Avenue) and the cardo.

The project for the Irish pavilion reflects the country’s cultural, historical and social identity. Here, visitors will be taken through the exhibits inside an intimate and welcoming place.

The Pavilion comprises two separate rectangular volumes, each consisting of three floors, and features a curved wall. The wooden structure is made of X-Lam panels on the exterior.
Like a large sail on a water basin, the curved wall will delimit the exhibition area and provide sun shading. It will be made of horizontal wooden fins, placed at variable distances, and polycarbonate layers.
Open-air events will be hosted in the hanging garden on the roof.
Electricity consumption will be significantly lowered through the use of LED lighting and solar panels.

Client

Department of Arts heritage and the Gaeltacht

Period

2014 – 2015

Amount

€ 2.000.000

Project

OPW – Bmmc Milano