THE WATERSTONE, INTESA SANPAOLO PAVILION
EXPO MILANO SITE, RHO, ITALY, 2012-2015

In the Expo Pavilion, Intesa Sanpaolo presents its services and products in an environment concerned with the themes of sustainable and responsible development. It is an evocative construction, resembling three polished stones with four waterfalls cascading between their connections. The lamellar wood bearing frame comprises nine large, arched portals at five-metre intervals. Wooden beams and boards join the portals and leave the wood framework unfaced like the inside of a barn. Two superimposed walls protect the outer shell: the inner one protects against rain and wind, the outer one shades and shapes the building. Between the walls a cavity is formed in which air rises by natural induction to prevent heat from penetrating. The outer cladding is in white tiles distanced to create empty spaces for natural lighting. At night, a LED system creates an interesting lighting engineering effect. The interior is on two levels. The ground floor accommodates the general public, with an innovative branch offering the latest updated services, and a multimedia artistic installation by Studio Azzurro representing the bank’s commitment to a cultural and social environment. Located on the upper level are spaces allocated to events and meetings.