Expo Milano 2015 has been a witness to numerous creative designs and installations and keeping up with the flow is Copagri Pavilion. Affectionately named as ‘Love it’, the structure consisting of geodesic domes is a tribute to Italy’s rich architectural heritage by the Italian Architect, Benedetta Tagliabue.
The structure comprises of two prefabricated geodesic domes made from spruce glulam and joined by zinc-coated steel plates. Inspiration has been drawn from the skyline and landscapes of various cities of Italy. It is also an effort to establish domes as a way of achieving sustainability since domes use minimum materials while providing maximum space due to usage of artistically intertwined folded triangles.
PVC coating has also been done internally to make the structure waterproof while structural grid allows proper ventilation inside the domes.
Copagri, a confederation of agricultural producers commissioned this structure as a way to advertise various native Italian cuisine. These domes will contain more than a dozen counters creating a feel of typical Italian market where cooking of totally organic Italian food will be demonstrated. Dome shaped lamps will be suspended from the ceiling thus sufficiently lighting the whole space.
The best part of these domes is that they can be very easily dismantled as well as installed and will be in use by the confederation even after the Expo. Also the way this structure complements its surroundings ranging from a large water-body to other pavilions, is a lesson in effectively integrating a design with its surroundings.
By: Vaibhav Sharma