INSIDE THE PAVILION
THE HANGAR OF IDEAS: VIRTUAL VOYAGE THROUGH THE THEMES AT EXPO
The entire Monaco Pavilion has the goal of becoming a hangar of ideas.The space was designed by the German design studio Facts and Fiction, and includes eleven distinct exhibition stations created entirely with wooden shipping crates to symbolize the projects that will be ready to be “shipped” around the world thanks to Expo 2015. Each station will present a different theme related to environmental protection, from sustainable fishing to deforestation, the jellyfish invasion and ocean acidification, as well as cooperative initiatives in Madagascar, Burkina Faso and Mongolia. The whole area combines the appearance of a typical warehouse with a maritime atmosphere: in fact, the pavilion uses sound effects reminiscent of the waves crashing on the beach, highlighting Monaco’s strong connection to the sea.The interior walls of the containers will conserve their original colours and the floor will stay grey and rough, reinforcing the idea of the world of transport and hangars.The entire exhibition area was designed as a free-flow space to reflect the multiplicity of points of view that exist around the themes of ecology and recycling. Visitors can select from different entrances and cross through the areas in different ways, moving freely through all of the interactive thematic stations.After the exhibition hall, visitors can then visit the restaurant area: the purpose of the architectural style is to maintain a totally continuous effect, and here the wooden crate theme returns once again.But then the atmosphere changes: we are no longer inside a warehouse but instead in the middle of a typical Monegasque market.
EXCELLENCE AND SOLIDARITY: A NEW LOOK AT FEEDING THE PLANET
The Principality of Monaco is focusing its participation in the Milan Expo 2015 on the themes of solidarity and sharing, to demonstrate how prosperity acquired over the centuries can be used as an incentive for promoting the values of solidarity, protection of the environment and growth of the green economy.There are three main themes that the Principality of Monaco is exploring through Expo.
- Cooperation, intended as a better sharing of wealth at an international level. The theme will be explored through different types of projects developed to provide aid to other countries and to reach the eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals.
- Governance, or the opportunity to incentivize responsible policies supporting research and innovation, also with the support of companies that develop innovation in the food sector and through the Monaco Blu Initiative (think-tank composed of scientists and industrialists for safeguarding protected marine areas).
- Education, an authentic and irrevocable resource for the future, able to build awareness in citizens about the themes at Expo.
THE ARCHITECTURAL PROJECT
The exhibition space of the Principality of Monaco covers a total surface area of 1,010 square metres, and is based on an architectural design by the Italian architect Enrico Pollini, the fruit of reflections on the themes of ecology, recycling and reuse.
19 containers were used to create a part of the structure.These containers, the most commonly used mode of transport in the entire world, have the job of communicating the concept of exchange and commerce, representing a concrete example of creative recovery.
The roof of the Pavilion is constructed entirely in wood and is reminiscent of the shape of a tent, the very first form of shelter in those countries where Monaco is offering assistance.The structure was designed to collect rainwater and to supply water to the plants and cultivations that are also part of the structure.
There is a vertical garden installed on the rooftop, realized thanks to a Sphagnum compost, a special moss that permits cultivation of several Mediterranean plants and crops.
For the Monaco Pavilion, Milan does not represent a final destination: at the conclusion of Expo, the entire structure will be dismantled and reused in Burkina Faso as the operating headquarters for the Red Cross.The operation represents an unicum throughout the entire history of Expo, and reflects principles of circular economy according to Prince Albert II of Monaco.
ILLUMINATE THE PAVILION
A play of light and shadow comes to life within the entire Pavilion, which will be totally illuminated with pure LED lights, all adjustable and programmable according to the natural light coming in through the large windows. The sides remain shaded during the day, illuminated with white LED lights, which also illuminate the bases of the boxes and exhibition text. The roof structure has an imposing design illuminated by strips of white and RGB LED lights that provide cold tone light during the day and warm tone after sunset. The purpose of the entire lighting system is to create a very harmonious and suggestive environment that is a pleasure to experience throughout the whole exhibition.