Edited by: Eugenia Gotti – Architecture Department Editor – email@example.com
40 million of euro the budget and 68 the entries, a few week ago, and the winning project of the International Design Competition for the Italian Pavilion at Expo 2015 was proclaimed.
The winners of the international tender are studio Nemesis & Partners Proger of Pescara and Rome with BMS Projects in Milan.
The main theme of the whole Expo is “feeding the planet”. In the Italian Pavilion’s brief the key words: life, transparency, changeability, all focused on the visitors experiences into the space.
One of the aim is also to rich the widest numbers of Italian designers and young professionals, in order to act as litmus paper for the Italian contemporary architecture.
Despite the 68 satisfying entries, the presence of young designers and small practices was not helped because of the strict restrictions in terms of the high numbers of building already constructed to log in.
Because of the brief, quite specific in terms of volume, height of the building and quality of space, the projects presented differed in three main aspects: the skin, the public plaza in the ground floor and the vertical connection normally situated in the middle of the building.
The volumetric articulation of the project is based on four main blocks, arranged around a central square-empty, connected by bridge elements; within them are organized in macro key functions required by the Preliminary Document: exhibition area, auditorium, offices and Meeting. The four architectural volumes, as if they were trees, have the support massive point on the ground that simulate large “roots” of the exhibition on the ground floor;
For the jury, “The highest ranked project plays with special care and self-expressive formal interpretation of the content of the invitation, declining and sharing with clear and comprehensive architectural imprint the theme ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life‘ with prefiguration introduced by the concept.”
The project runner, by Benedetta Tagliabue (EMBT Miralles Tagliabue), presents an original image and a strong emotional impact, though the weak side is the constructed process and the details, which aren’t so clear to speed the under construction phase.
The third-ranked project by Matteo Fantoni has its central core element that brings light into the building; furthermore, the easy access to visitors determines the quality of the spaces. Transparency casing creates a building open and accessible during the day, and representative visible at night too.
4th prize ex-aequo
4th prize ex-aequo