[MILAN] World Expo Pavilion

Project ///

Milan is the second-most populous city in Italy, The city proper has a population of 1.3 million, whilst the Milan metropolitan area has a population of over 4 million.

The city is a major world fashion and design capital. There also important museums, theatres and world recognised landmarks such as the Milan Cathedral, the fifth largest cathedral in the world and Santa Maria delle Grazie, decorated with Leonardo da Vinci paintings and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Milan attracts over 6 million visitors a year. 

Expo 2015 is the next scheduled Universal Exposition after Expo 2012, and will be hosted by Milan, Italy, between 1 May and 31 October 2015. 

The theme chosen for the 2015 Milan Universal Exposition is Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life. This embraces technology, innovation, culture, traditions and creativity and how they relate to food and diet. 

Attendants to the Expo are expected to include over 130 countries plus a significant number of international organisations.

The aim of this International Competition is to design an Information Pavilion within the World Expo Park in Milan. This competition hopes to achieve the following: 

_Encourage and reward design excellence which integrates function, structure, details and the spirit of the World Expo theme. 
_Research, respond to and highlight the unique aspects of designing an information pavilion that will be used by visitors during the World Expo. 
_Encourage the employment of sustainable design in all aspects of the proposal.

This is a single stage Competition with the aim of identifing the most appropriate proposal, which best satisfies the general and specific objectives of the contest.

This is an open international competition hosted by [AC-CA]™ to generate progressive contemporary design ideas. There are no plans for the Pavilion to be built. 

Media Sponsors ///

Schedule ///

_Competition Officially Announced - 08th July 2014

_Start of Competition and Early Bird registration - 10th July to 11th August 2014

 _Standard Registration - 12th August to 12th September 2014

_Late Competition Registration - 13th September to 31st October 2014

_Deadline for Questions  - 15th October 2014

_Closing Date for Submissions  - 05th November 2014

_Jury Evaluation - 10th November - 17th November 2014

_Announcement of Winners and posted on www.ac-ca.org - 22th November 2014


Jury ///

_Damiano Barile - Architect (Italian)

_Guergana Tileva - Architect (Bulgarian)

_Georgina Rose Barthram - Architect (British) 


Prizes ///

Winning participants will receive prizes totaling US$ 6,000 with the distribution as follows:




There will also be 7 honorable mentions


1st Prize, 2nd Prize and 3rd Prize will be published in following magazines as well as on the [AC-CA]™ website:

• aMush Magazine (Morocco)

•  wettbewerbe-aktuell Magazine (Germany)

• Concept Magazine (Korea)

• aROOTS Magazine (France)

 • Monitor International Magazine (Germany, France, Russia)

• A+E Magazine (Morocco)

• ASK Magazine (Egypt)

• Architme.RU Magazine (Russia)

• Future Arquitecturas Architecture Magazine (USA & China)

• Positive Art Magazine (Italy, Germany, Uk)



FAQ ///

Will site drawing and photos be provided for this competition?
There is no CAD file of site or site photographs provided as the specific placement area or spot for the pavilion is open to participants as mentioned in the competition brief "The Information Pavilion to be designed can be erected in any of the different zones within the main axis (Cardo and Decumano)".

What is the width of the Cardo and Decumano?
The width in approximately 35m.

Will participants be provided the Cardo and Decumano image in high-resolution?
Unfortunately, We can not provide the image of the Cardo and Decumano axis in high resolution, however you can find the image of this on the World Expo's website (for information only).

Should we keep the tensile structure observed all along the Cardo and Decumano as shown on the master plan of the expo site or are we allowed to ignore this for our proposal to allow our design to be seen from a distance as required in the brief?
Participants can ignore this tensile structure if they wish, however for those who wish to keep the tensile structure the approximately height is 9m in the middle of the axis and 6.50m by the pillars.

What is the dimension between the pillars?
The distance between the pillars are approximately 8m.

Are sunken platform below ground level allowed as part of any design proposal?
Yes, this is allowed as no restriction is specified.

What is exactly referred to as the different zones of the Cardo and Decumano axis?
The main Expo streets or boulevards of Cardo and Decumano which cross each other consist of different designated or sub-divided zones for pavilions within the Expo. The Cardo for Italian and region pavilions and Decumano for the world or international pavilions. The intersection symbolises where "the world meets Italy".

Can the proposed pavilion building be on the corner of any of the cross axis of the Cardo and Decumanus pedestrian road or can we use any of the spaces along this axis such as the ones given for the international pavilions?
The information pavilion should be on the pedestrian "Cardo and Decumano" axis to give it a good visual or vantage position so it can be seen by visitors.

Should the spaces specified in the program be designed as indoor or outdoor spaces or a combination of both?
The proposed pavilion should be mainly protected from natural elements (rain,sun and wind) which mean it be a combination of open, closed and semi-enclosed areas depending on your design. 

I have a question about the location of the Information Pavilion. Can I develop my project on the middle where the two main streets (Cardo and Decumano) will cross?
Yes it's possible however, the middle of the intersection of Cardo and Decumano is part of the access and circulation path and a symbolic area where "Italy meets the World".

Is the entire Cardo and Decumano axis covered and what material has been used in covering of the main streets of the Cardo and Decumano?
Cardo and Decumano, main axes of the Expo Site (Cardo is 350 meters long, Decumano is 1.5 km) with total covered total surface of 80,000 sqm is covered by reuseable light-catching stripes of fabric shade sails. However, we can not specify the exact type of fabric used.

Should the proposed structure be one that would be permanent or would it be disassembled after the Expo?
The structure will be remove after the exhibition.

How many ATM machines should be provided included for use by visitors?
We recommend at least four (4) ATM machines.

Must the total area be 200 m2 or can it be larger?
The total area as mentioned in the brief is approximately 200m2. We expect the design proposal to be within this.

Can the Pavilion design occupy two levels or just on a single ground level?
There is no restrictions regarding the number of levels, which means participants can design the information pavilion to occupy more than one level.

Should we design public toilets as part of the Information Pavilion?
No, participants do NOT need to include any public toilet part of the Information Pavilion design proposal as these will be provided within the World Expo Park.

Who is supposed to use the Business Centre area within the Information Pavilion and how many people should it be designed for in terms of tables, chairs and computer workstations?
The Business Centre will be used mainly by professional visitors or delegates at the World expo and there are no restriction regarding the number of tables and computer workstations as this will depend on individual design or space allocation.

Is there any special and official regulation the Expo Milan 2015 established for the design of the official pavilions (for the participant countries) that we have to take in account to?
There are no regulations to be considered for this competition. Please also note that the Pavilion design to be proposed is that for an information Pavilion for the event NOT a country pavilion.

Can the required program be distributed across 2 separate builings within the specified area? For example, one with information and business centre and another with a souvenir shop?
Yes, the program can be distributed across 2 structures as part of a participant's concept / design

Can project proposals be submitted on paper and with an accompanying concept model?
No. All submissions are to be in digital format as stated in the competition brief and the Terms & Conditions.

Should the proposed pavilion program include an office, a space for electric plant and storage?
No. It can be assumed this would be accomodated else where within the Expo Park.