The ITALIAN PAVILION project for Expo Milano 2015

Project: Padiglione Italia.
Location: Expo Milano 2015, Milano.
Designed by: Nemesi & Partners S.r.l., Proger S.p.A., BMS Progetti S.r.l.

An “urban” forest that completely surrounds the visitor because of the trees and volume of which it is composed.

The executive project of the Italian Pavilion was presented on November 7th at the Quirinale with the exhibition “Italian Pavilion. From design to Expo Milano 2015”. The exhibition, held in the Hall of Honor Guard of the Quirinale will be open until 15 January 2014.

The Italian Pavilion project, winner of the international design competition awarded by Expo 2015 S.p.A., foresees the construction of the Palazzo Italia,a building of approximately 12000 sq. m. destined to be used for exhibition areas, offices, institutional and event spaces and pavilions situated along the Cardo, for a further 9000 sq. m. of area devoted to exhibition spaces. The Palazzo Italia is the symbolic heart of the whole project, destined to remain even after the end of the Event. The general concept of the Palazzo Italia is that of an architectural landscape, in which the building assumes, through its very skin and volumetric distribution, the appearance of a tree-forest in which visitors can immerse themselves and live an emotional experience.

Palazzo Italia: a natural architecture

The Italian identity is interconnected with the size of the landscape. The Palazzo Italia project is an experiential story where the visitor loses himself in an architectural landscape, evocative of an “urban” forest that it completely surrounds the visitor because of the trees and volume of which it is composed.

The Palazzo Italia, with its skin of branches, evocative of a natural architecture, is a metaphor of the Tree of Life.

The project researches, through the design of the branched outer skin, a synthesis and abstraction that recalls the simplicity and naturalness of some artworks by artists of Land Art, called “Natural Architecture”. The Palazzo Italia in its own way, represents a “Natural Architecture”, in which a poetic design and experimental technology merge, giving life to a spectacular organism and sustainable energy.

The branches represent the nursery garden. The vertical development of the skin forms a mesh of branches that rises and stretches towards the sky, indicating the upsurge of Italy towards the future, thanks to the young talents who represent the Nursery of Ideas. The roots- a recall to tradition. Big feet/roots sinking in the earth, seeking nourishment (a metaphor of the deep relationship between the Italian identity and tradition).

Palazzo Italia, an osmotic organism with the environment

The dimensions of the project builds an architecture that is alive and interactive, that, like a tree, is able to exchange energy both actively and passively with the outside. The building is bioclimatic that will follow the Class A+ certification. The concept of the tree-forest takes shape primarily thanks to the strategic placement of the technological and energetic framework of device points that makes the building an osmotic organism with its environment.

The tree building exchanges energy through:

– The branched outer skin in premixed photocatalytic cement

– The glass photovoltaic canopy that captures solar energy and contributes to the formulation of the microclimate of the square below.

Palazzo Italia: functional organization

Palazzo Italia is organised in accordance with four functional blocks connected by bridge elements, real urban scenes that defines the great emptiness of the central square, a place of welcome and a symbol of the community. The functional blocks respectively host the Exhibition area (West Block), the Auditorium area (South Block), the office areas (North Block) and the Delegations room (East Block).

The project interprets the overall theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”, valorising the concept of the community: the energy of the community is represented by the Piazza del Palazzo Italia, the symbolic heart and starting place of the exhibition. The project originates from the energy that derives from being together, which means friendship, community and acceptance. The symbol of the community is the square, big and empty around which the exhibition is organized.

Cardo pavilions

The Cardo Pavilions have been designed in keeping with the project of Palazzo Italia and represent the discovery of the Italian territory. The volumetric distribution of the project is based on the idea of typical Italian villages consisting of building of various dimensions juxtaposed with small squares, terraces with cafe bars and archways.


Palazzo Italia:

– Dimension: L 57,5 m x L 57,5 m x H 25 m

– Gros floor area: 13.275 sqm

– Expo spaces: 2.500 sqm

– Event spaces: 1.920 sqm

– Rappresentative spaces: 2.350 sqm

– Food service spaces: 1.050 sqm


– Total Paved Gross Leasable Area (includes distribution spaces, stairs, etc.): 10.700 sqm

– Expo spaces: 4.350 sqm

– Event spaces: 820 sqm

– Rappresentative spaces: 920 sqm

– Food service spaces: 1.100 sqm


Nemesi & Partners S.r.l.

– Project Manager

– Responsible for architectural design

Proger S.p.A. / BMS progetti S.r.l.:

– Coordination of technical engineering

– Structural Design

– Designing plant

Prof. Livio De Santoli:

– Sustainable energy


An architecture agency with headquarters in Rome, since 1997 operates in architectural design, urban and infrastructure projects in Europe, Asia and Africa. Nemesi has presented his work at numerous university institutes in Italy and abroad, and has published his plans in Italian and international known magazines.

MICHELE MOLE’, founder and director of the study Nemesi, was a visiting professor from 2000 to 2011 at the Faculty of Architecture Ludovico Quaroni, Rome and Valle Giulia, and at the Faculty of Architecture in Ferrara. With projects won numerous awards, and in 2003, he was decorated by the President of the Republic with the bronze medal at the well-deserving of Art and Culture .

SUSANNA TRADATI, Associate Partner of Nemesi & Partners Srl since 2007, deals with communication, development and project management.


PROGER SpA, founded in 1951 as a professional studio and constituted as a company in 1980, is today a leading organization in Italy and abroad, in the field of integrated design and project management in the areas of Construction and Civil Engineering – Infrastructure and Systems traporto – Oil & Gas and Energy, who see it involved in projects of international scope in different geographical areas of the world.

BMS Progetti Srl , initially founded as a design company specializing in the field of structures, has also expanded its scope in the fields of architecture and systems and is today a company can develop a comprehensive and integrated approach,complex projects nationally and internationally.


Professor of Environmental Technical Physics and Head of Energy (Energy Manager) at the University of Rome La Sapienza University is the coordinator of the Service for Energy (SAE). He has received several awards and published several books on energy sustainability.

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