In October 2012, the organizers of the 2015 Universal Exhibition (EXPO), in partnership with Politecnico di Milano, organized an international workshop to develop the project for nine thematic pavilions to be built for Expo Milano 2015, whose themed is ‘Feeding the Planet - Energy for Life’. ARKIZ, among delegations from other 16 countries, was invited to take part on the pavilions designs, in collaboration with the Politecnico di Milano faculty staff.
ARKIZ contributed to the design the Coffee Pavilion, together with Fracisco Spadoni, professor at FAU-USP, Alessando Colombo and Stefan Vieths professor at Politecnico di Milano. The pavillion gathers the exhibition spaces of important coffee exporter countries such as Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Kenya and Uganda.
Sponsored by the famous coffee producer Illy, the pavilion architectural design seeks to reflect the traditional way in which coffee is produced in most of these countries. In these regions, coffee is grown in shaded areas beneath the canopy of native rainforests, in contrast with the usual method employed in large-scale plantations elsewhere.
This is reflected in the pavilion roof system, which is composed by overlapping pergolas, which filter the sunlight in a manner resembling that of the sun shining through the canopy of trees. With this effect, the project seeks to attract the visitors’ attention to this particular mode of production, which is more sustainable, as it encourages the protection of the rainforest while also creating jobs for local people, since it requires a non-mechanized mode of planting and harvesting.
Location: Milan | Italy
Client: EXPO Milano 2015
Built area: 4.430 m²
Site area: 5.140 m²
Team: Alexandre Hepner, Francisco Spadoni, Alessandro Colombo, Stefan Vieths, Francesca Rapisarda, Maddalena Nakato Mainini