“In the same way that Irish food is both hand crafted, sustainable and made to modern standards the Irish pavilion is an architectural abstraction of these same goals. Ireland is a lush green island on the edge of Europe. The curved shaped pavilion is set within a water pool with a sail like wood wall of boat like construction. Delicate and ethereal light is modulated by the water pool and small gaps in the curved wall such that the strong Italian light is softened like Irish light. A green roof garden gives views over the whole Expo campus while also providing a special rooftop event space.”
The Irish pavilion is designed by Ciarán O’Connor and Gerard Harvey of the Office of Public Works using local wood for a sustainable design with a very low carbon footprint. The architectural design is therefore an environmental response and not just a national statement to the sustainability ideals of this Expo.
The Irish Design Team was assisted by local architects and engineers including:
Elizabeth Francis of ‘Atelier Francis’ - Participant Technical Supervisor
Photos Daniele Domenicali
The Project was awarded a ‘Towards a Sustainable Expo Player’ Award for Building Concept and Construction. On the 5th June 2015 the Italian Minister for the Environment, Gian Luca Galletti, and the United Nations Environmental Programme Director, Achim Steiner, visited the Irish Pavilion and presented the award plaque.
Ireland Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015
Expo Milano 2015, 01 May 2015 to 31 October 2015