Expo Gate| Wooden Landscapes

On Monday, March 30, aMDL – Michele De Lucchi with Angelo Micheli and Alberto Bianchi, authors of Pavilion Zero and Intesa Sanpaolo Pavilion and Davide Rampello, creator and curator of the contents of Pavilion Zero, the only pavilion open at night with shows and movies, opened the series of meetings “Designers talk about themselves with Interni” regarding the Self-Built and Corporate Pavilions of Expo Milano 2015.

Pavilion Zero is highly symbolic” Matteo Vercelloni introduced the meeting “because it is the entry gate to the exhibition area, an architecture without a front or rear side that becomes landscape with its hilly and iconic roof”. 7,500 sq m, 26 metres high, resulting from the story of “how does nature look like below the earth’s crust, what can a farmer find when it lifts a lump of earth with his spade” De Lucchi explained.

The Intesa Sanpaolo Pavilion deals with the sense of passing time. “I was inspired by the story of an Indian master who recommended to his disciple that he should become like a stone in a river that lets the water flow and becomes smoothed by it, thus taking new lifeblood”. In this relationship with nature, which is never didactic and mimetic, material designs landscape. In the Zero Pavilion, it is a very poor natural spruce that covers, with boards in different sizes, all the vertical parts of a geometrical structure based on the circle and the cone” Angelo Micheli continued.

The story written by Rampello? “A reflection on the memory which we are losing, together with the ability to interpret reality. I have worked with decorators, painters, writers, carpenters, blacksmiths, directors, musicians … all Italian names of an Arts and Crafts dictionary, to build theatre scenes that are dioramas. They represent the transition from the cave, the first shelter of mankind “connected with his adventure in the search of food, to the development of language and awareness”, to the farming and then industrial culture, up to the current “virtual community of speculation and waste” supported by sound comments and Samsung monitors.

Two hallmarks of this story-telling that provides a reconstruction of history and its civilizations which is not self-centered: the “table as the theatre of the world” in kauri wood and Venetian Briccole (mooring posts), 80 sq m of a Pangaea made and donated by Maurizio Riva and a 24m tall tree that breaks through the roof and “projects from it with more than 380 thousand leaves, all glued one by one, to represent the dominance and independence of nature”.

In the small “Intesa Sanpaolo Pavilion, 700 sq m, the focus shifts on the relationships established by the bank among its customers” Alberto Bianchi explained. “Areas for maximum communication, customization and automation have been conceived in three rooms that develop on two floors and are animated by the landscapes by Studio Azzurro projected on the curved walls, that correspond to the evocative image of the three stones smoothed by the water, mentioned by Michele earlier”.

Its structure in laminated wood covered with shingles that protect it (and reduce energy consumption) is interrupted by three small waterfalls that meet the expanse of water in front, in which the pavilion reflects itself.

(Antonella Boisi)