Italy kick starts construction on Expo 2020 Dubai pavilion
Carlo Ratti Associati, Italo Rota Building Office, F&M Ingegneria, and Matteo Gatto & Associati have designed the pavilion
Ground has been broken on Expo 2020 Dubai’s 25m-high Italy Pavilion, which feature overturned ships on its roof, with construction work having begun at the pavilion’s site, located between the World Expo’s Opportunity and Sustainability Thematic Pavilions.
In a tweet on the official Twitter account of Embassy of Italy in the UAE, it was revealed that ground on the pavilion was broken by the vice minister for economic development in Italy, Stefano Buffagni; commissioner general for Italy at Expo 2020 Dubai, general commissioner of Italy for Expo 2020 Paolo Glisenti; Italian Ambassador in the United Arab Emirates Nicola Lener; and executive director of Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau, Najeeb Mohammed Al Ali.
Designed by a consortium of Italy's Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA), Italo Rota Building Office, F&M Ingegneria, and Matteo Gatto & Associati, the Italian pavilion covers an area spanning 3,500m2.
The exteriors of the pavilion will comprise three ships overturned and raised sideways on tall pillars, making them the roof of the entire pavilion.
In March 2019, while revealing the design of the pavilion, Italy at Expo 2020 Dubai said that the three hulls of ships will be painted in colours of the country national flag, and when seen through a bird’s eye-view, will appear like three petals.