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Milan Expo 2015: Slovakia

Karol Kállay

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Designed by Slovak architect, Karol Kállay, the pavilion embodies the energy and array of biodiversity offered by the country. From the exterior, it is encased in several wooden slats but has curved shapes carved out and filled with organic matter—one of which takes on the form of a human face. Internally, the designers divided the space into two sections to allude to both their resources and national character. The first portion, dubbed the “Recharging Zone,” is a place for the public to relax and literally recharge their personal cellphones, tablets, or laptop. The second is a learning forum where visitors learn about the various aspects of Slovakia. 

Project Description


Theme: "Slovakia. World into the Pocket"

Slovakia: a country that is variegated and colorful that offers everything that you could wish for in a small space. Its participation at Expo Milano 2015 is based on two pillars: historical, cultural, natural variety, and the symbiotic synergy of a number of social, cultural and natural environments. How can we provide energy for life? Slovakia responds with the symbiosis of biodiversity in place of specialization, competition and differentiation, since biological abundance can feed the world and provide energy for life. Even in the agricultural ecosystem of a country renowned for endless fields of wheat, there is a coexistence of all elements of the food chain, from small farms to large power plants.
Its strategic position at the center of Europe, and the presence of so many biogeographic regions close to each other, form a treasure trove of variety that is Slovakia. The pavilion, which covers a total area of 1,010 square meters aims to present different approaches and perspectives for an innovative and inspiring symbioticcoexistence, between tradition and modernity, global and local dimension, reinforcing Slovakia’s role as a vital source of know-how on the theme of feeding the planet and providing energy for life.


Designed by the Slovak architect, Karol Kállay, Slovakia’s Pavilion is inspired by the creative concept of “Slovakia. Recharge yourself”. It is imbued with the spirit of “a country that is rich in natural energy resources, but also a country full of the energy, cultural heritage, traditions and extraordinary experiences.” This concept is articulated by its Pavilion in two basic sections: the first, the Recharging Zone, is an external relax area dominated by an energy pylon. Here, visitors can take a break, relaxing on a Tuli bag, and recharge their mobile phones, tablet or laptop.

The second represents the energy and diversity of Slovakia and is located within the Pavilion as an area where visitors can discover the idea of energy linking modernity and cultural traditions across six themes of Traditions, Innovation, Sports, Culture, Experiences, and Nutrition and made visible throughout the exposition by a symbolized heart logo. At the Pavilion’s restaurant, visitors can enjoy a selection of Slovak dishes and modern reinterpretations of traditional specialties, or call in at its shop, where they can find souvenirs and gifts of Slovakia, send a postcard from Slovakia, or buy a unique USB charger developed in Slovakia.
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