Expo 2015 – Fabbrica del Duomo

Project Description:

Project Description:

Definitive and bidding design, site management of Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo pavilion

The space dedicated to VFD pavilion is made of two episodes, the first one overlooking the decumanus as a square/terraced steps wants to revive the roof of the cathedral and on the top there is the reproduction of the “Madonnina” 1:1 scale, the second one is a one-floor small pavilion where the thematic exposition takes place.
Along the terrace you can find seven centuries of VFD life imprint to concrete such as for marble blocks, up to now.
Behind this episode there is the second volume. It’s a very neutral and clean volume that wants absolutely disappear but where we can find two photographic exhibitions that tell the story of the birth of the “Madonnina” placed on the Duomo and the history of the copy that you can visit in EXPO.

Credits: Studio ecnico Expo: concept; Iparch s.r.l.s + Mosae: project developement


Entrance hallShop and conference room

Starting from decumanus, you can enter the veneranda fabbrica del duomo pavilion through a square/terraced steps made of reinforced concrete.
Disables can access from a second way with ramps that is on the left side of steps. On central part there are marble seats on steps that connect design facilitating the volumes movement and the sense of rise of the project.
Left and right sides that enclose vertical ways, follow them and arrive both on floor landing, remanding the shape of the Duomo roof and at the end you can see, over a concrete column, a reproduction of the famous “madoninna”.
Under the steps, where internal highs allow to use the spaces, there are three technical areas accessible through four sliding steel doors.
The installations is made of a second element behind the square, accessible through lateral ways characterized by tanks containing white marble of Candoglia slivers; the typical white stone with pink mottles coming from Val d’Ossola, the principal material of Duomo.

The second volume completes the pavilion. It’s located behind the square. Its parallelepiped shape is 14 m x 10 m and 5 m high. It’s made of a steel structure with tubular columns and HEA beams.
The external walls are made with a dry system consisting in panels of lightweight concrete interposed to thermal insulation; while the remaining walls are made of transparent polycarbonate. The pavement perimeter of the building is made of concrete draining to support the security and the permeability of the soil. At the top, where there is a clear connection between walls and roof, there are wire mesh on which water can flow, creating a spectacular iridescent blades effect along north and south walls, giving a spectacular special effect to the statue placed at the top of the square. In order to emphasize this element, two tanks are positioned on earth in order to collect and reuse water.
Water tells about what Milan and Duomo are, as for food and stones that have been transported through canals. Inside, the pavilion is an open space divided into two principal areas. In the first one there is the exhibition with explanatory panels, in which the story of the construction of the cathedral is illustrated. There are seven panels that explain seven centuries of the cathedral; seven centuries sustained by steel wires, the same used for cutting the famous Candoglia marble.
The second part is a shop delimited by a counter and equipments for bookshop. Behind the shop there is the service area for staff; it’s designed for 5 people turning and it consists on a changing room and a toilet.