Italy Pavilion - Photo by Enrico Zilli.

Italy Pavilion – Photo by Enrico Zilli.

At Milan Expo 2015 world-wide architecture met in name of responsible messages and tuned with the the fair motto Feed the planet, energy for life. ArchiPanic walked through the Expo site to discover architectural inspirations and stories.

RELATED STORIES: have a look at some of the most stunning pavilions at Milan Expo 2015. From China to France, from Israel to Estonia but also United Kingdom and Japan, Russia, Austria and United Arab Emirates.

Before the opening, Expo 2015 has been troubled by polical scandals and polemics on the status of the construction site that was very behind shedule for the inauguration. Indeed at the beginning of April, local press suggested that only nine percent of the works were complete but on may first the fair opened up unexpectedly “almost” complete.

Italy Pavilion - Photo by Enrico Zilli.

Caleidoscopic Installation at Palazzo Italia, Italy Pavilion – Photo by Enrico Zilli.

On the inauguration day riots in the city-centre partly obscured newspaper head-titles. But just few minutes after the Black Blocks guerrilla attack, the people of Milan answered back by rolling up their sleeves to clean and erase the impact of the attack as if it didn’t happen. The day after a civilized and indignated march walked through the city centre.

Black Block invade Milan with a No Expo guerrilla.

Black Block rioters invade Milan with a No Expo guerrilla.

EXPO MASTERPLAN: Like in ancient Roman cities, two main axes – cardo and decumano – cross each other creating the main path that lead to the national pavilions. Expo 2015 hosts 145 country including also North Corea, Palestine and the Forum of Pacific Islands.

Decumano at Milan Expo 2015 - Photo by Enrico Zilli.

Decumano at Milan Expo 2015 – Photo by Enrico Zilli.

The countries with less resources or that joined the event last minute are grouped in “clusters” dedicated to world-cuisine main ingredients – coffee, cocoa, rice, spices, tubers and fruits- or tpye of climates and territories -arid zones, bio-mediterranean and islands.

Expo 2015 - Arid zones Cluster - Photo by Enrico Zilli.

Expo 2015 – Arid zones Cluster – Photo by Enrico Zilli.

ITALY PAVILION by Nemesi & Partners makes use of innovative technology and a sustainable approach. The building architecture draws on the concept of an “urban forest” with the “branched” outer envelope designed to simultaneously conjure up primitive and technological images.

Italy Pavilion - Photo by Enrico Zilli.

Italy Pavilion – Photo by Enrico Zilli.

The building is composed of four volumes symbolizing giant trees with massive bases that simulate great roots plunging into the earth. Seen from the internal piazza, they open up and become longer as you look up, visually forming a canopy beyond the giant glazed roof.

Italy Pavilion - Photo by Enrico Zilli.

Italy Pavilion – Photo by Enrico Zilli.

In designing Palazzo Italia, importance was placed on sustainability and on making it practically a zero energy building through the use. Indeed, the full 9,000m2 of the external façade is cladded in concrete panels can “capture” pollution in the air, transforming it into inert salts and reducing smog levels..

Developed by Italcementi, 900 i.active BIODYNAMIC material works when it comes into contact with light . The mortar used is 80% recycled aggregates, including scrap material from marble quarries in Carrara that helps add more lustre than in traditional white cement.

Germany Pavilion - Photo by Enrico Zilli.

Germany Pavilion – Photo by Enrico Zilli.

INTERNATIONAL – At Milan Expo 2o15, some of the most influential studios created stunning architectures. Fosters+Partners designed a rippled canyon for United Arab Emirates, Italo Rota designed a symphony of winds and a posh multicolor souk for Kuwait. Daniel Libeskind designed Vanke Pavilion a cladded architecture reminding a sleeping dragon. At the same time university students give shape to impressive projects for the Clusters.

Daniel Libeskind-  Vanke Pavilion.

Daniel Libeskind- Vanke Pavilion.

In the past months ArchiPanic has already reported and offered a preview on some of the most stunning pavilions. Our updated report includes the stunning pavilions and stories of Nepal, Brazil, Vietnam, Lithuania, Netherlands, Vatican City, Mexico, Slovenia, Chile and Kuwait.