Wood, brick and ceramic: a pavilion that offers a multi-sensory journey through nature and the Mediterranean building tradition

CORTILE D'ONORE, UNIVERSITY OF MILAN - A fluid and labyrinthine composition of undulating walls rises from a triangular platform that follows the perimeter of the flowerbed of the Cortile d'Onore, inviting the public on a suggestive journey.

The Catalan architectural world inspires Benedetta Tagliabue (EMBT Architects) in the invention of a structure in wood and ceramic, with trellises and shutters that create plays of shadows, material textures, multiple views.

The different heights of the curvilinear walls and the different degrees of transparency allow a glimpse of the internal paths.

The organic forms of the pavilion recall nature, with which visitors come into contact by progressively interacting with the building and discovering multimedia works, rest areas and the two new Roca bathroom collections from which the structure derives its name: Nu by Inma Bermúdez, Premio Nacional de Innovación y Diseño 2022) and Tura (design Andreu Carulla).

The product is thus sublimated into an immersive experience, underlined by a floor of ceramic tiles created ad hoc and furrowed with mysterious graffiti to interpret.

The path culminates in a sort of square, where you can relax and enjoy the view of the Cortile d'Onore. In keeping with the Re-Evolution motto and with a view to environmental sustainability, all the materials that make up the pavilion will be disassembled, recovered and used in other projects.

Cover photo: Saverio Lombardi Vallauri