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Brunico, 2nd July 2014 –This morning the "first stone" was laid of the themed Cluster Pavilions “Bio-Mediterraneo, Isole, Zone Aride, Cereali e Tuberi” of the Universal Exposition 2015.
Thus begins the project assigned by Expo 2015 S.p.A. to the Rubner Group, European leader in the public and residential wood-building sector, based on the agreement signed last March for the assignment of one of the event's key components, with a contract value of around Euro 21 million.
The undisputed star of this innovative project is wood: a natural, ecological and flexible raw material, and one that fully embraces the philosophy of the 2015 Universal Exposition.
The "laying of the first stone" occurred in the presence of a representative of the Expo 2015 S.p.A. team behind the Cluster project, and Alessandro Lacedelli, Managing Director of Rubner Objektbau.
And it is Rubner Objektbau, a Company of the Rubner Group and leading General Contractor in the European wood-building market that has been assigned responsibility for the project. This is thanks to their unique know-how in the design and realization of large "turnkey" orders in all sectors of wood building: from residential to public, and from schools to hotels and business.
For the realisation of the exhibition pavilions, the Rubner Group is also tapping into the experience of Rubner Holzbau, a company of the Group specialised in the construction of large projects in glued laminated timber.
The work for the construction of the themed cluster pavilions – multi-purpose exhibit spaces which combine activities and events for the countries which are not able to set up their own pavilion – will be completed, based on the contract, by 30 November 2014.
The area includes 43 buildings dedicated to four thematic areas: Bio-Mediterranean, Islands, Arid Zones and Grains and Tubers, for a total gross volume (total of 43 buildings) of 78,380 m3 and a total gross area (total of 43 buildings) of 7,400 m2.
Every space will be customised and characterised by distinctive sections typical of the areas of the world that they represent, and by a multi-use common area.

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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