Expo Gate to rise on Largo Cairoli

The winning design for the infopoint for Milan’s Expo 2015 to be built on Largo Cairoli has been inspired by the Eiffel Tower, say designers Scandurrastudio.
 
The pavilion should be in place by the end of this year, and will provide high-tech, stimulating information about the Expo and its host city to residents, tourists and business visitors.
 
Beating the other 25 entries for the competition organised by Expo 2015 and the Triennale, the modular structure is inspired by lightness and transparency.  Its respect for the city’s existing architecture was the tie-breaker, said the jury, along with the quick and relatively low-cost construction.  The contract was awarded, said the jury which included Expo president Claudio De Albertis, editor of Milan’s leading daily Corriere della Sera Ferruccio De Bortoli and the president of the Milan Order of Architects Daniela Volpi, because it will “be discreetly embedded in the urban texture to transmit a strong symbolic value, and respect the visual panorama from the Castello to Cordusio with a powerful reconfiguration of the public space.”
 
The winning architects said they drew their inspiration for the open, airy design and the low environmental impact from the Eiffel Tower – from Paris in 1889 to Milan in 2015.
 
The infopoint will be constructed in two easy-to-assemble sections on what the designer has said is a walk from two key points in the city centre, Il Duomo and Castello Sforzesco. It should be in place before the opening of the new La Scala season at the beginning of December and the total cost is expected to be about €3 million.

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