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The Mexican Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015

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Project data

• Architectural firm: Loguer Design
• Project manager: Nussli
• Floor area: 1,910m2
• Usable surface area: 3,000m2 on 2.5 floors
• Traffic capacity: 11,000/day

  • • Facade: Soltis FT 381
    • Shadesails: Précontraint 702

  • Pavilion inspiration
    The architecture of this ephemeral building takes its inspiration from maize, or corn, the quintessential Mexican food, and, more precisely, ears of corn. Mexico brought maize to the world and it is now the planet’s most widely-grown grain. In pre-Hispanic tradition, Humans were not created by God, but were created by maize and with maize.

    Francisco Lopez Guerra from Loguer Design

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        “We were looking for a material that would let us turn the concept of the pavilion into reality. The pavilion’s visual impression must immediately bring to mind the theme of the site and its messages, which we chose to integrate in the leaf of a corn stalk,” says Francisco Lopez Guerra, architect and project manager. “We were able to meet this challenge through geometric precision and specific materials that necessarily had to possess the following characteristics:

      • translucency – the material needed to let in natural light;
      • transparency – by day, from the inside to the outside, while preserving the mystery of the location when viewed from the outside; and by night, because the material had to aesthetically enhance the building and turn it into a source of light;
      • and the needed wind protection, creation of shade and cooling.”

    Franscico Lopez Guerra also adds: “The pavilion was designed to later become a traveling museum. It had to be lightweight, portable and straightforward to reassemble. The choice of Serge Ferrari materials means the Mexican Pavilion is one of the earliest-completed structures at the Expo, ready 50 days before the event opening.”

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