This roughly 11,000-square-foot space designed
by Italian architect Enrico Pollini is built out of several shipping
containers. The chosen components represent the country’s role in trade and
creativity of salvaging non-traditional materials. On the wooden rooftop rests
sphagnum, a porous moss Mediterranean crops thrive off of. The roof also boasts
vertical gardens that collect rainwater. When the Milan Expo comes to a close,
the structure will be dismantled and shipped off to as an aid project for the
Red Cross in Burkina Faso.
Project DescriptionFROM MILAN EXPO 2015:
Theme: "Excellence and Solidarity – A New Look at Feeding the Planet"
The exhibition focuses on three main themes, namely: cooperation, with several examples of projects developed to help other countries to achieve the eight Millennium Development Goals of the UN; governance, with support of companies that develop innovation in the food industry and the Monaco Blue Initiative, a think-tank of scientists and industrialists that safeguards protected marine areas; education, proposing stimulating and lively educational policies, such as a joint awareness campaign with the WWF, which has proclaimed the Principality of Monaco the first country "without blue fin tuna."
Its message is one of sustainability, aligned with Monaco’s culinary culture, which successfully brings together the Mediterranean charms of nearby Italy and France, and the ideas of great chefs and popular tradition.
A large number of freight containers are used as part of the architecture, to remind us of the role of exchange represented by the Principality of Monaco, and finding opportunities for creative salvage. On the wooden roof, and similar to emergency curtains, is a compound of sphagnum, a light, permeable peat moss that allows the cultivation of Mediterranean crops. There are vertical gardens and a system for collecting rainwater. The interior design, managed by the German agency Facts and Fiction, will draw visitors into a free-flow tour to explore a variety of topics that raise awareness, as proposed by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the Oceanographic Institute. At the end of 2015, the structure will be dismantled and sent to an aid project of the Red Cross in Burkina Faso.