Expo Center is a large multipurpose facility with the capacity to host cultural events and entertainment. It is situated at the western end of the Expo area, on one of the site’s four compass points, off which leads the long Decumano avenue through Expo. Like Pavilion 0, for its form the construction uses schematised contours to reproduce a piece of the earth’s topsoil. Seven cones, inspired by the landscape of the Euganei Hills, stand in succession to define interiors reminiscent of natural caves.
The rectangular plan occupies 7,870 sqm, with heights varying according to each cone, 31.6 m for the main cone, 18 for the lowest.
Designed as a temporary structure, the Pavilion was built with natural, economical materials and with collapsible, recyclable structures. The skeleton frame is in steel while the whole building is clad in natural fir pine board.
Michele De Lucchi
Angelo Micheli (project director), Marcello Biffi, Alessandra De Leonardis, Agnieszka Drews, Silvia Figini
Francesco Faccin (model maker)
P&I Project Integrator (building contractor); Milan Ingegneria Srl (structural framework and technical installations); CMS Srl (metal work); ITECO Srl (executive design project); Stain Engineering srl (MEP executive project); Stahlbau Pichler srl (metal work)
Expo 2015 Spa
2012-2014 design; 2015 completion
Tom Vack (cover, photo 1/3)
Alessandra Chemollo (photo 2/3)
Luigi Filetici (photo 3/3)