2015

SAVE THE CHILDREN
EXPO PAVILLION
RHO

Project:
Save the children Pavillion in EXPO 2015, Milan

Client:
Save The Children

Architect:
Argot ou La Maison Mobile, H+, Arch. Melania Bugiani

Location:
Rho, Italy

Categories:
Temporary Exhibition and Outdoor

Surface:
745 sqm

Photographer:
Leo Torri

The Save the Children Pavillion was a collective project by all means and our contribution consisted in lighting the whole composition pro bono.
The architectural concept elaborated by Argot ou La Maison Mobile was mainly concentrated in recreating a village environment, an ideal arc, consisted of multiple spaces that the Ong operators would like to have available when working on field.
Each room accomodates an educational unit for visitors to learn and experience the values that the Ong transfers concerning food and alimentation.

At the same time the structure of the pavillion itself is a result of a collective construction Workshop using wood and bamboo, and complemented with raw corrugated metal sheet coverings, while the floor was made with concrete and soil, in an attempt to deliver the textures and qualities of the territories where the ong usually works on. The landscape also was composed by various plants, heights and colours, in order to welcome but also work as educational material for the Pavillion’s guest.
The lighting followed this modest concept and using adjustable projectors mounted on the sidewalls for providing flexible lighting on the various exhibited material. For adding some general diffused light and confering a domestic atmosphere, the architects opted for a decorative suspended lamp designed in a collective workshop and got mounted in clusters in the various halls. Grazing light on the feature bamboo walls added value to them, while also creating a lantern effect on the outside.
In the outdoor space small fixtures mounted on spikes or wooden poles for illuminating the various layers of plans while being integrated in the scenery.
The lighting scheme was developed in tight collaboration with the iGuzzini lighting manufacturers special sponsors of the project, providing the design team with various lighting samples, contributing in mockups, as in every lighting project.
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