One of the 142 participants at the world fair Expo Milano 2015 is also Slovenia. These exhibitions vary in character and are held every 5 years in varying parts of the world. The main theme is »Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life«. The importance of the World Exhibition in Milan is even greater for Slovenia, because of its immediate vicinity. Italy is also the first in number of tourists in Slovenia, the second most important foreign trade partner of Slovenia and the third largest foreign investor in Slovenia. According to the organizers the world exhibition will host 20 million people, of which every fourth is Italian.
The idea for the Slovenian pavilion is based on the slogan "I FEEL SLOVENIA. Green. Active. Healthy.
The common thread in the exhibition manifests itself through a series of interactive elements and architectural design through the pavilion. Five prismatical structures, positioned on the geometrically and dynamically designed surface, whose shape is reminiscent of a cultivated field, represent Slovenian diverse geographical landscape and symbolize fundamental ideas of sustainable development.
Sustainable sourced timber
The pavilion is built with natural materials - mainly from wood and glass, as Slovenia is one of the most forested countries in Europe, we can say that wood is its strategic material. The structure will be complemented with greened walls inside and on the outside facades. The design is complex and consists of a large, mostly wooden composition.
Distinguished by large ranges the structure is one of the first hybrid constructions by Slovenian designers; it combines wooden skeleton construction with and cross-laminated timber load-bearing elements. West facade is mostly glazed with large triangular shaped windows that allow views into the interior of the exhibition spaces. Other facades are not so open - it consists of wooden battens, which are randomly divided by white steel profiles in order to achieve a look of leaf's surface.
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