Located on the main street of the event Decumano, the Russian pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 SPEECH is a building designed by 3.260 square meters.
The structure practically repeats the texture given by the ground with a rather narrow elongated parallelepiped configuration, pushing forward an overhang above the main entrance to the pavilion.
The impressive 30-meter overhang has a curved shape, giving the structure a clearly visible silhouette in the panorama of the event. On the side of the main entrance, the cantilever is clad with polished stainless steel, so that it not only protects visitors from rain or sun during the day and reflects the light from the street lamps at night, but becomes in itself an "attraction", a gigantic mirror in which people can photograph themselves and their surroundings.
One of the key ideas of this project was the continuity of the architectural tradition of the Soviet Union and Russia of more than 100 years of world exhibitions. The structures for the national pavilions were built in various styles, constructivist structures in the 1920s, and Art Deco structures in the 1930s, and modernism in the postwar period, but the common features can be clearly traced in their architectural appearance: the pavilions have a dynamic shape, simple and easy to remember with emphasis on the main entrance area.
This is the idea that the architects of SPEECH have tried to embody in their design using the language of contemporary architecture.
Wood was chosen as the main material, being at the same time the most environmentally friendly and the most traditional for Russian architecture. The entire upper level of the pavilion is finished with wooden panels, while the lower level with transparent and opaque glass.
Photo credit: Alexey Naroditskiy, Roland Halbe