Padiglione ITALIA. Expo Milano 2015

The Italian Pavilion is the only permanent building designed to last after Milan Expo 2015. Palazzo Italia shapes the challenges of an integrated and highly skilled team that, in less than two years, has built an iconic and complex volume that fully represents the excellence of Italian architecture, construction and building components’ sectors . The project conceived by Rome-based studio Nemesi & Partners together with Proger and BMS (engineering and management) and Prof. Livio De Santoli (environmental sustainability) is selected out of 68 projects through an international competition in 2013.

In two years the building reaches its current state through customized solutions and innovative techniques that make it an extraordinary incubator of ideas and talents able to anticipate the Italian future legislation on energy efficiency that will in force in 2017.

Padiglione Italia – Expo Milano 2015 tells the story and the development of this experiential and systemic building that represents Italy over a surface of 12.800 m2 starting from the its concept, an abstract synthesis of an osmotic organism, both formally and functionally, “closely entwined with the surroundings”. The big void of the central piazza, a symbol of the Italian community and welcome, is the pulsing heart of absorption / release of energy and the element on which circulation unfolds through a “ public system of stairs that continually play with different views”. The piazza, together with the “skin” of biodynamic cement, the use of photovoltaic, the building’s geothermal system and its roof, able to reduce by up to 70% solar radation, are the main features of this architectural organism. Through the witness of those who made Palazzo Italia and a selection of powerful project and site images, the book tells the story of a team work which is now a legacy of the Universal Exposition and a key for the urban renovation of Expo area.