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EXPO 2015:
"Bio-Mediterranean, Islands, Arid Zones, Grains and Tubers"
Brunico, 04 April 2014 - Last Friday, 28 March, the contract between Expo 2015 S.p.A. and the Rubner Group, European leader in the public and residential wood-building sector, was signed, awarding of one of the most significant contracts, for the design and construction of Cluster Pavilions for the 2015 Universal Exposition.
The project will be managed by Rubner Objektbau, a company of the Rubner Group and leading General Contractor among the European wood-building market, which boasts a unique know-how in the design and creation of important "turnkey" orders in all sectors of wood building: from residential to public sector, and from schools to hotels and business.
The Cluster pavilions dedicated to Bio-Mediterranean, Islands, Arid Zones and Grains and Tubers, are key features of Expo Milan 2015. They are exhibition spaces which group together many countries which are not able to set up their own "Self Built" pavilion, within a unique and innovative architectural project.
While respecting a shared layout, every Cluster will be customised by its own distinctive character and by a common multifunctional area which will be able to integrate multiple uses in a very original way: exhibits and catering, commercial activities and events.
Within the context of the project, wood, which is the raw material at the centre of Rubner's portfolio, plays a leading role. The buildings, 43 in total, divided into 4 distinct areas, will in fact be built with modular glued laminated timber structures.
A raw material with truly extraordinary properties, wood is an ecological and natural material. In addition to being flexible and innovative, it is ideal for interpretation of the philosophy and ideas being dealt with at the Universal Exposition.
The Bio-Mediterranean Cluster, an area with a blend of colours and aromas of the Mediterranean Sea, will include the countries on the Mare Nostrum – Albania, Algeria, Croatia, Egypt, Greece, Lebanon, Libya, Serbia, Malta, Montenegro, Tunisia and San Marino – countries which also share the Mediterranean diet. The area includes 12 exhibit buildings, 3 technical buildings and 4 kiosks facing a square covered by a pergola.
The Food and Nutrition Cluster in the Arid Zones will place the visitor in the centre of a desert landscape and will house those countries that face the problems of desertification and an arid climate. The area includes 8 modular exhibit buildings and one technical building, placed around a covered square featuring cylinders and polycarbonate cables hung from a steel structure. Among the countries in this area are Eritrea, the Palestinian territories, Mauritania and Senegal. 
The Cluster dedicated to "Islands, Sea and Food" will be distinguished, instead, by its exotic nature and will group together all those small countries that are islands or archipelagos, similar in their ecosystems – tied to the ocean, and their diet, based on the sustainable use of marine resources, such as Cape Verde, the Maldives, the Seychelles, the Caribbean countries and the Pacific island states. It is composed of two exhibit buildings, one technical building, a tasting area plus a covered square with bamboo-cane sunscreens.

Lastly, the "Grains and Tubers" Cluster will represent a valley dedicated to an tour of the grains and tubers of the world. Among the countries presenting their agricultural economy are Bolivia, Haiti, Mozambique, Togo, Congo and Zimbabwe. This Cluster is composed of 7 modular buildings covered in jute. The central corridor is sheltered by a sunscreen which leads to a covered square, characterised by a large fireplace opposite a building which will be used for catering.
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