The Spanish Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 has been officially presented in Madrid.
To signal the importance of the event, the major institutional figures involved in Spain's participation in the Universal Exposition were on hand: Josè Manuel Garcia-Margallo (Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation), Ana Pastor (Spanish Minister of Public Works), Isabel Garcia Tejerina (Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Food, and the Environment), Teresa Lizaranzu (Commissioner of the Spain Pavilion and President of Acción Cultural Española), Fermín Vázquez (b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos), Carlos Espinosa de los Monteros (High Commissioner for Brand Spain), Vicente G. Loscertales (Secretary General of the BIE), Pietro Sebastiani (Italian Ambassador to Spain), and Pilar Platero Sanz (Spanish Under-Secretary of Finance).
|Pic Courtesy Spain pavilion Expo 2015 Milano http://www.pabellonespana2015.com|
A giant greenhouse with a double nave
Designed by studio b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos, the Spanish Pavilion will be a light structure, dry-assembled using recycled and natural materials, making it easy to dismantle and reassemble.
Inspired by a double-naved greenhouse with a characteristic Iberian portico, the Pavilion is coordinated by Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), the public body that manages Spain's participation in Universal and International Expositions. Taking its cue from the Expo’s theme: Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life, the space will present the strong points and best practices of Spanish food production, sharing initiatives based on quality, sustainability, and food security. The Spanish diet and regional cuisine will occupy centre stage in the presentations, framed by views of their distinctivelandscapes.
The Voyage of Food and the Language of Flavour
The Spanish Pavilion will be on two floors, housing two separate exhibitions. On the ground floor, visitors can follow The Voyage of Food, an installation by multidisclinary artist Antoni Miralda, who will offer a poetic reflection on the journeys traveled by food-products. The second floor will house The Language of Flavour show, which enters into the mind of a Spanish cook, allowing visitors to explore his art, knowledge, and favourite recipes. All this will be complemented by a Tapas bar, a restaurant, a gourmet shop, a public square, and a multi-functional auditorium. These spaces will house workshops, concerts, cooking shows, and conferences. This will be a unique opportunity for a wider public to get a closer look at the rich heritage of Spanish cuisine and culture through a gastronomic offering that will also include those of the Autonomous Communities, to which the Pavilion will dedicate thematic weeks. The Spanish Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 is online at www.pabellonespana2015.com.