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Milan Expo 2015: Cocoa and Chocolate Cluster

Politecnico di Milano



  • Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana
  • Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
  • Exhibition Content: Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
  • Science Adviser and Project Coordinator: Pier Sandro Cocconcelli
  • Concept and exhibition layout: Fabrizio Leoni, Mauricio Cardenas, and Cesare Ventura

Project Status


Year Completed



3,546 sq. meters


Milan Expo 2015

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Clusters of tree-like poles guide visitors through this cluster, which is devoted to showcasing the global cocoa-production industry. Pavilions within the themed site represent the six participating countries and are clad in lightweight fabric in reference to methods for storing and preserving the harvested product.

Project Description


An infesting and invasive vegetation will emerge with vehemence from the ground of the tropical environments of the Cocoa plantations, firmly colonizing the space between buildings, leaning and acting on them, compromising their static balance and their geometries. The pavilions, covered with a light-weighted and light-coloured fabric metaphorically protecting the precious content of cocoa products, will open up to show their inner structures. Trees, simple as poles or complex as urban supply systems, will delimit the functional areas, act as landmarks, support the various intensities of light and orient visitors in the plateaux – jungle.

The Universities that collaborated with the Politecnico of Milan in designing the concept are Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana (SUPSI) and Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Mexico). 

Countries belonging to this cluster are:
- Cameroon
- Cuba
- Gabon
- Ghana
- Republic of Côte d'Ivoire
- Sao Tome and Principe

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