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Officials at the launch of work on the Italian Pavlion.

Officials at the launch of work on the Italian Pavlion.

Italy starts work on ‘garden of stories’

January 2020

Italy has broken ground on its Dubai Expo 2020 country pavilion being set up under the theme ‘Beauty connects people’ that will showcase its finest minds, talent and expertise and feature the Innovation Hub, an innovatively-designed structure inspired by the most advanced sustainability and circular economy standards. 

The Italy pavilion, located in proximity with the UAE pavilion on the ‘cultural spine’ of the Expo site, will open its doors on October 20 and demonstrate innovation and sustainability in aerospace.

The structure, covering an area of 3,500 sq m and reaching a height of almost 27 m, will afford a memorable immersive experience to visitors.

Italy, which was among the first countries participating in the Universal Exposition, is expecting an estimated 28,000 visitors on average daily for a total of over five million visitors during the six months of the expo that will conclude in April 2021, said senior officials at the ground-breaking ceremony.

Ground-breaking was held in the presence of Stefano Buffagni, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of Italy; Nicola Lener, Italian ambassador to the UAE; Najeeb Al Ali, executive director of Expo Bureau; and Paolo Glisenti, commissioner General of Italy.

Italy will share visibility with the pavilions of the UAE, India, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Japan and the US between the thematic areas of Expo 2020 dedicated to ‘Opportunities’ and ‘Sustainability’.

Carlo Ratti, Italo Rota, Matteo Gatto and F&M Ingegneria are the creative masterminds of the pavilion. The Italy pavilion will be a ‘garden of stories’, where the garden metaphorically summarises many different elements coming together to convey balance and harmony, a reflection of the order of the universe, said senior officials.

The building will have a circular approach to architecture using the hulls of three ships incorporated in the roof of the exhibition area.  

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