Circular architecture, removable and reusable; new materials, such as coffee grounds, mushrooms, orange peels and flour derived from algae used to build the structure; no recourse to artificial climate control methods. These and many other elements make the Italy Pavilion at Expo Dubai, which will open its doors on 1st October 2021, an example of sustainability.
As explained by the designers Carlo Ratti and Italo Rota, the Italy Pavilion, with a roof made up of three overturned hulls constituting the largest Italian tricolour in the country’s history, will be an example of the new post-Covid architecture:
“a laboratory for experimenting on fundamental themes, for rethinking the boundary between natural and artificial”
Walls, gangways and structures will be completed by companies embodying Italian excellence, using alternative materials: recycled plastic extracted from the sea, flour derived from algae, which will be “cultivated” inside the pavilion and will also be used to purify the air by transforming the carbon dioxide produced by the visitors through breathing into oxygen, mushrooms, coffee grounds, orange peels and powder extracted from orange peels.
Through its architecture, the Italy Pavilion, which seeks to aptly embody the new post-Covid model of “hybrid” event to be experienced physically and digitally, and of which Expo Dubai will be the first example, aims to move all the senses, regardless of whether the visitors are actually physically present.