World Expo: Italian Pavilion, 2018
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Italy, for its rich history and geographic configuration, is a country were numerous opposites coexist, so it is possible to talk about a strong dualism. Mediterranean climate and the snowy Alps, historicism and modernity are few examples from a long list. Our pavilion aims to be an architectural expression of this dualism.
Three horizontal concrete slabs form two floors, each of which is a metaphor of the dualistic elements.
The ground-floor is shaped by nature. Sinuous curves of the floor and ceiling evoke mountains and dunes, the randomly placed pillars are a metaphor of rich Italian forests. This floor offers visitors a cocktail-bar, DJ-music and an exhibition of furniture by Italian designers that visitors can actually use to rest. This is the realm of nightlife, drinks, dancing and contemporary design.
The elements of the ground-floor find their counterpart on the first-floor: a rational grid of golden columns and architraves rules the space evoking a sense of classicism. Three ethereal booths offer Italian delicacies. Visitors can admire an exhibition of Italian art accompanied by classical music. The exhibition is centred around female Italian artists and the representation of women in art in an attempt to draw attention to the male chauvinism still very present in Italy. This upper realm offers a calm, classical aura, permeated by the golden light of the Mediterranean. It evokes the Italian piazza, a place of encounters and culinary experiences.
Project: World Expo: Italian Pavilion
Status: Competition, Winner of Honorable Mention
Program: Italian Pavilion for an Universal Exposition
Key Team Members: Marco de Piaggi, Weronika Wawrzyniak