The Italy Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.


Italy Pavilion at Expo 2020 engineering secrets revealed


DUBAI – Ever wondered what the Italy Pavilion at Expo 2020 is made of? Well, here are its science and engineering secrets revealed.

Let’s start with that awesome looking roof. If it looks like a boat hull, it’s because the Italy Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai uses three real-sized boat hulls for its roof.

What’s really cool about the pavilion is its multimedia façade made of more than 70 kilometers of nautical rope made of recycled plastic from almost two million water bottles.

It also uses an advanced system for climate mitigation that constitutes an alternative to air conditioning, showcasing sustainable ways to cool buildings in the future.

The pavilion was designed by CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati and Italo Rota Building Office, with F&M Ingegneria and Matteo Gatto.

The Belvedere, a round structure topped by a dome, is covered by wild Mediterranean herbs and spirulina microalgae, which enables the ecological treatment of the air.

At the Innovation Space, visitors can view the Second Sun and Second Moon digital installations that create a crescendo of light effects.

Theatre of Memory features with a 3D-printed copy of Michelangelo’s David,developed by the Museum of the Galleria dell’Accademia of Florence and the Ministry of Culture.

Located at the entrance of the pavilion is a 20-metre high installation of liana vines that recreate a microalgae cultivation that provides a luminescent glow.

The pavilion’s Solar Coffee Garden features a human-sized Moka coffee machine – a reproduction of the 1979’s Carmencita Moka by Marco Zanuso– which is powered by solar energy.

The cafe is conceived of as an immersive experience through all the various stages of coffee production, from the seed to the cup.

Its counter is made with discarded coffee and waste beans set in a tactile surface of eco-resin. Framed by a suspended garden of coffee plants, the installation integrates technological and natural elements and showcases the importance of reusable components in a transparent supply chain.

The path inside the Italian Pavilion is enriched by a series of green elements from more than 160 different species that live inside the building. ICA/Expat Media

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