The exhibition space of the Principality of Monaco, which covers a total area of 1,010 square meters, is a project by Italian architect Enrico Pollini and presents itself as a space that invites visitors in from many different access points, reflecting the opportunities of ecology, recycling and reuse.
A large number of freight containers are used as part of the architecture, to remind us of the role of exchange represented by the Principality of Monaco, and finding opportunities for creative salvage. On the wooden roof, and similar to emergency curtains, is a compound of sphagnum, a light, permeable peat moss that allows the cultivation of Mediterranean crops. There are vertical gardens and a system for collecting rainwater. The interior design, managed by the German agency Facts and Fiction, will draw visitors into a free-flow tour to explore a variety of topics that raise awareness, as proposed by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the Oceanographic Institute.
At the end of 2015, the structure will be dismantled and sent to an aid project of the Red Cross in Burkina Faso. Opening planned in 2017 at Loumbila.
Below, the scale model of the project in Burkina Faso, by Tina Alloncle.
A multipurpose center for the Red Cross of Burkina Faso
Internationally, the Monegasque Red Cross mainly in Burkina Faso where it leads, with Burkina Faso Red Cross, projects in the field of health, childhood, food security, water, hygiene, sanitation, or first aid.
Today the two Red Cross societies, supported by their governments, are their biggest humanitarian challenge: transforming the Monaco Pavilion of Expo Milan 2015, to become the centerpiece of a center training and innovative and sustainable accommodation near Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso's capital).
This 6-hectare complex set to open in 2017 near the future international airport will consist with pavilion (conference and meeting rooms, food court), accommodation modules, sports fields, structure for water rescue, a market garden area and a photovoltaic field. 85% of the pavilion functions will be retained and the building will meet the HQE (High Environmental Quality).
The center will aim the first training in first aid, at national level, but also throughout the West African sub-region. The Red Cross of Burkina Faso can use these facilities, but also make them available to other organizations as part of demonstrations, events and conferences. Finally, professional training, particularly in the hospitality industry and catering, will be necessary for the vulnerable. The revenues generated by this center will allow the Burkinabe Red Cross to meet the humanitarian challenges in the country, ranked 183rd out of 187 in terms of human development index.