With nine months to go before the start of Expo 2020, the works for the construction of the Italy Pavilion in Dubai have shifted into gear with the foundation excavations.
The project by Carlo Ratti, Italo Rota, Matteo Gatto and F&M Ingegneria takes shape thanks to the work of construction company RAQ on the site of the large exhibition area, where the groundbreaking ceremony, or the laying of the first stone, took place at the end of last November.
Over the forthcoming months, the area will house the most sustainable pavilion that Italy has ever created for a Universal Exhibition, a space reserved not merely for exhibition purposes but also for demonstrative aims: an authentic innovation hub capable of offering visitors a memorable experience dedicated to the theme “Beauty connects people” and embodying the finest expertise, talents and multidisciplinary ingenuity of Italian businesses and institutions – a remarkable occasion for showcasing to the world the country’s excellences and future potential.
The exhibition route will start from high up, from the Belvedere, an octagonal lookout from which to glimpse the beauty of Italy’s most enchanting landscapes. The route continues with “Short Stories” – a space dedicated to presentational and cinematographic “shorts” focusing on Italian excellence in expertise and know-how – and then with the Innovation Study Centre, for an immersive journey into the latest frontiers of Italian research on Space and marine waters, before ending at the Theatre of Memory.
The over five million people expected to visit the Italy Pavilion during the six months of the Expo will also be able to participate in a broad programme of training opportunities, in addition to highly appealing events.
As its designers explained, the pavilion will conform to the principles of circular economy, as nothing will be wasted within it. This will offer a tangible demonstration of sustainability, which is the key theme of the entire Universal Exhibition.
From the foundations to the roof made of hulls, forming the world’s largest Italian flag, and the interiors with the Belvedere, the structure will be operational for the opening of the Universal Exhibition scheduled for 20 October 2020.