Brazil Pavilion, Expo Milan 2015
The facade of the Brazil Pavilion at the Expo Milan is made of cork. About one thousand metres of MD Fachada expanded cork agglomerate decorate the building in an architectural project led by Studio Arthur Casas and by the Marko Brajovic Studio, with Studio Mosae as consultants. 80 mm thick cork guarantees a good level of heat insulation of the pavilion, as well as not causing any negative impact in terms of greenhouse gases because it is a 100% natural material. Cork is also present in a collection of outdoor furniture, 60 pieces in total, covering stools, chairs, tables and lounge chairs – and it can be used in different formats given its modular character – in the leisure area that seeks to enrich visitors’ experience of this world exhibition. The “You make the park” project is designed by the Centre for Research and Communication, of the Benetton group, which won a call for tenders for this purpose. It is a space based on the concept of “what comes from the Earth, returns to the Earth,” thus supported on natural and 100% recyclable materials. The Milan Expo, with the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”, opened in May and ends in late October 2015. Around 20 million visitors are expected over the 184 days.