First Expo 2015 pavilion unveiled

Czech Republic first past the post

This week’s presentation ceremony by Czech foreign minister Lubomir Zaoralek marks a milestone in the preparations for Milan’s Expo 2015.

The Czech Republic has decided to focus on a high-tech project: the modular building of 1,500 square meters is set on three storeys, was built in six weeks and is designed to be reused in other future exhibitions and respect the parameters of low environmental impact and sustainability.

It rises like an island from the waters of the canal and the facing stretch of water. Located at the eastern entrance of the exhibition, along the Decumanus, it is expected that the building will be seen and visited by over 20 million people in a six-month period, said Zaoralek.

Inside, there are three main areas. The first, called Fantasy and Fairy Tale Land, will offer the public a truly "bohemian” experience: the regions of the Czech Republic will tell the old and unbreakable bond between Czech cities and water.

A second area is dedicated to the Laboratory of Life, a real laboratory that will be open to the public, where Czech researchers and scientists, together with artists, will show visitors the wonders of the sub-molecular world through art and interactive applications, in particular the DNA of cereals.

A third portion of the pavilion, called Ideal Land, present traditional performances by the Lantern magika and by the interactive cinema of Kinoautomat. The pavilion is completed with a restaurant and a panoramic roof garden.

Meanwhile, work is proceeding 24 hours a day in shifts to complete the Italian and other pavilions n time for the opening ceremony on 1 May.

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