Pavilion Zero & Expo Center

Pavilion Zero and the Expo Center are the first to greet visitors arriving at Expo Milan 2015 assigned to introduce the theme of “Feeding the Planet – Energy for Life”

© Courtesy of Tom Vack
© Courtesy of Tom Vack
© Courtesy of Tom Vack

Pavilion Zero and Expo Center are the first to greet visitors arriving at Expo Milan from the west entries. Assigned to introduce the theme of “Feeding the Planet – Energy for Life”, the pavilions tell visitors about the wealth of aspects inherent in this title.

They are conceived as a portion of the earth’s crust, neatly cut and raised as an invitation to delve into our knowledge of the planet and its secrets. Reproduced inside the Pavilion Zero are ten caves in a semi-darkness against which the exhibits stand out clearly. Every area is dedicated to a different human cultural product. Expo Center on the other hand is dedicated to the media and is a defacto media center.

The Pavilion Zero occupies an area of about 10,000 sqm and the Expo Center 7500 sqm respectively. From the constructional point of view, they consists of spruce board and partly practicable tiers, resembling the schematized contours used to indicate ground reliefs. The stratification of curves reproduces the earth’s crust, with mountains, hills and a broad central valley. The Pavilion Zero also hosts 'Pangea', an area with multiple tables forming a puzzle-shaped combination. Pangea is a reconstruction of what the planet might have looked like when lands, oceans, men and nature were all one.

"The crust is a strange thing: normally it is formed by itself through the gradual transformation the matters surface. Thus becoming the shape. A crust of dirt will form time by time, layer by layer, leaving its mark in the subsequent seams of sedimentation. It does not come in one fell swoop as in Pompeii where the lava has become a crust that has erased everything and for centuries and centuries.This crust of lava lets us think how important and delicate is the crust on which we walk as it protects us from the red hot core on which our planet rotates.We have dedicated our progress to go to the moon and explore the universe, but we know little of what we have under our feet. It is a mystery so close , a few hundred metres below us and is just as great as what we see a billion light years away above our heads. The crust is our landscape, our sphere of life, the goal of all possible safeguards, the most tender and delicate. The crust of the hills, the mountains, the plains, covered in moss that produces forest and vegetation, grass and trees, colors, and fragrant fresh air. When its there we realize what it’s worth and how much we need it. Fortunately nature is stronger than men and we can only hope that it takes over and at the end will decide what is right and what is wrong, who is to survive and what will die - unless of course it is the whole human race. The crust is our environment, our landscape and our stage where we outplay our preferred roles. It deserves to be in most important museum of the earth, however it does not yet exist and will never exist because there can never be a museum so important, and in any case I hope that will never become a museum, but rather remain always more beautiful and available to everyone."

Michele De Lucchi, April 5th 2014

Location and Area

Expo Milano 2015

7400 m2


Expo Milano 2015 Spa


Design: 2012-2015

Completion: 2015

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