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The German pavilion at Expo Milano 2015

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Project data

• German Pavilion Consortium:
Schmidhuber:
pavilion’s spatial concept, architecture and general planning
Nüssli Deutschland:
project management and construction
Milla & Partner:
content concept, design of the exhibition and media

• Surface area: 2,680 m2
Foot traffic capacity: 16,000/day

  • •  The trees and flower:
    > White Soltis FT 381
    >White Précontraint 1002 T2
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    Slat façade:
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    > Black Soltis FT 381

     

  • Pavilion inspiration
    The pavilion’s architecture echoes landscapes of the German countryside in the shape of a slightly sloping field – the “Fields of Ideas”. Central structural elements in the pavilion – stylised plants growing on the exhibition surface – represent “idea seedlings” and were created using Serge Ferrari materials.

    Schmidhuber quotation
    “We’ve been able to confirm the qualities of Serge Ferrari materials many times through our numerous collaborations in recent years (Shanghai Expo, London Olympics and now Milan Expo),” explains Lennart Wiechell from the architectural firm. “The Soltis FT material satisfies the technical requirements of structural engineering, fire retardancy and the use of sustainable materials. We are particularly impressed with its aesthetic qualities and swift application. The solar trees become living sculptures – as light and flexible as butterfly wings – because their appearance ceaselessly evolves with the weather and time of day. This material is ideal for ephemeral buildings and fluid shapes. Such curves could only be achieved using Serge Ferrari material.”

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