EXPO MILANO 2015
RUBNER INTERPRETS THE BIODIVERSITY PHILOSOPHY OF SLOW FOOD
Sustainability and fast execution. Rubner Group, led by General Contractor Rubner Objektbau, has erected the structures for three pavilions made entirely of wood for Slow Food at EXPO MILANO 2015 – in just 25 days. The architectural design is by Herzog & de Meuron.
June 2015 – The Slow Food project is an example of the reliability and swift execution guaranteed by Rubner Group, European leaders in the wooden-construction sector, after the acquisition of the four CL1/East clusters on the Bio-Mediterranea; Islands, Sea and Food; Arid Zones; and Cereals & Tubers – some of the Universal Exposition’s most characteristic elements, uniting over 30 countries and 43 buildings in all – and eight “rockets”, characteristic wooden features in the Children Park.
The Group won the contract on 5 February and has brought its expertise in wooden construction to bear on a work that fully articulates and sets off the philosophy of the Slow Food movement. Slow Food is an international non-profit association that promotes a renewed appreciation for food and is committed to treat the environment and the ecosystem kindly.
To develop the three pavilions, 320 m3 of laminated larch timber was produced, in partnership with Rubner Holzbau, another jewel in Rubner Group's crown specialising in large wooden works.
The work was completed in double-quick time: each week, around 110 m3 of wood was put in place, from frames and roofs to floors and walls. In particular, the first pavilion, “E03 Tasting”, made of 33 frames with internal partitions, was erected in just 12 days. The second, “E02 Theatre”, comprising 25 frames divided for services, was installed in 7 days, while the third (“E01 Exhibition”, 28 frames) rose up in 6.
The three EXPO MILANO 2015 pavilions dedicated to Slow Food are strategically positioned at the end of the Decumanus, a few yards from one of the main entrances and in the shade of the Mediterranean hill carpeted with fig, citrus and olive plants.
In plan view, the construction’s three distinct units form an open triangle spanning around 3,300 m2, evoking farmhouses and old-time farmsteads.
Each pavilion has its own theme: “Exhibition”, “Tasting”, and “Theatre”, and there are areas for tasting authentic Slow Food products.
Wood is a flexible, versatile material for any type of construction, and its remarkable properties ensure that these modular buildings are fully eco-compatible. Indeed, after the Expo ends, they will be dismantled, removed and re-used according to Slow Food’s wishes.
Rubner Group ensures quick, efficient delivery times with its vertical production line, a unique formula and a distinctive strength at the European level. Rubner Objektbau’s rational project management approach is unique in the wood-construction sector, handling even the most complex projects while optimising costs and construction timescales.
This method guarantees a competitive advantage for customers thanks to its turnkey formula that starts from the design and consulting phase and goes all the way through to building delivery (including structures, utilities and finishing).
This project’s success further confirms Rubner's unstinting commitment to high standards of reliability and quality, two concepts that are integral parts of the company's style and philosophy.
Technical data and information
Client: EXPO 2015 S.p.A.
Architecture: Expo2015S.p.A, Herzog & de Meuron (www.herzogdemeuron.com)
Construction period: March 2015 - April 2015