Theme: City of Man
Highlights: 20 Functional Modules
Designer: A design Team Led by Giampaolo Imbrighi
National Pavilion Day: June 2
Location: Within Zone C of the Expo Site
The design of the Italy Pavilion is inspired by the children's game "pick-up sticks," which is known as "Shanghai" in Italy. The rectangular pavilion has been laced with intersecting lines - representing pick-up sticks. It comprises 20 functional modules of different shapes, bounded by the "sticks." They represent Italy's 20 regions. The modules can be assembled into smaller structures.
The whole pavilion embodies a mini Italian city. Strolling in the pavilion, visitors may feel like walking in a city boasting narrow streets, plazas, courtyards and lanes with an Italian flavor. Luxury cars, fashion and famous paintings are featured. The country's achievements in technology and environmental protection will also be displayed.
Highlight 1: Transparent Concrete
The pavilion makes use of a cutting-edge construction material known as transparent concrete. The Italian construction company building the pavilion may promote the material in China after the Expo.
Highlight 2: Inventions
The country's latest innovations, including a paint that cleans the air by eating smog, will be displayed for two weeks this summer. About 300 winning inventions will be exhibited from late July to early August. The inventions were submitted by small businesses, groups of companies, universities, research centers, and science and technology parks in Italy.
Highlight 3: Craft Show
Italian tailors, blacksmiths and violinists will show off their craft at the pavilion.
Highlight 4: Energy Efficiency
The pavilion uses air purification and antibacterial ceramic tiles. The entire pavilion is conceived as a specific "mechanism" with ecoclimate functions and energy store devices. The integrated glass curtain wall with photoelectronic elements can isolate the emission; and the building's light beams can cover all areas within the pavilion, and achieve energy efficiency as well.