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Expo Milán

Spain Pabilion

Milán 2015

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Use: Cultural equipment.

Location: Fairground Expo Milano 2015.

Milán (Italia).

Surface area: 33.000 m2

Developer: State Society for Cultural Action.

Proposal submitted to the design competition promoted by the State Society for Cultural Action, carried out with a multidisciplinary team including the architects Borja Llop, Iñigo Peñalba, Aritz Díez Oronoz and the Atelier Urbano in Milan (Simona Pierini), the designer Javier Machimbarrena, and the TGA (graphic design) and K6 (cultural management) teams, with Alvaro Martínez-Novillo as project manager.

Simplicity and flexibility. An ephemeral, modular solution was proposed, with an austere and restrained appearance, which, following the crisis of 2008, was designed based on the approach and programme of uses proposed for the pavilion and on the general motto of the exhibition: "Feed the planet, energy for life."

It was a two-storey, L-shaped building, occupying the entire available plot, with two different volumes: the first, with a clear linear aspect, ran the length of the plot from north to south, and the second was perpendicular to it, at its southern end.

Three elements – the street, the patio and the square – provided order and created relationships between the different routes and paths around the complex, defining the internal compositional system that regulated the relationships between interior and exterior, open and closed, public and private.

The street, a directional element, defined the main axis of public routes. The patios, where the street widened – spaces of air and light – provided the points for meeting and interacting. The plaza, understood as the central nucleus, gathered together and grouped around it the most important paths and uses of the pavilion.

The use of wood (structure, enclosures and finishes) and awnings/fabrics, through a modular construction system, whose geometry was based on 3 x 3 x 3 m structural grids, allowed the prefabrication of all the different elements and facilitated the transport, assembly and dismantling of the pavilion.

The NGO Ethiopia-Utopia and its solidarity project "Tastes" (Agri-Food School in Wukro, Ethiopia) were to be the proposed final recipients for the reuse of the pavilion, after the Expo had finished.