The Italian Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, designed by CRA - Carlo Ratti Associati and Italo Rota Building Office, with Matteo Gatto and F&M Ingegneria, is a completely innovative project... To be discovered without delay... 

It thus promotes the concepts of reconfigurability and circularity in architecture, from the design of the building structure to the construction materials used. 

This is a sustainable approach that aims to reposition itself over time so as not to create waste after the end of the Expo: the roof is in fact made up of three boat hulls which, once they are used in Dubai completed, could be used for navigation, while the entire space is devoid of walls and delimited by a multimedia façade made up of nautical ropes from the recycling of two million plastic bottles and also intended to be reused.

The route of the exhibition unfolds through spaces and installations surrounded by many very varied plant species that pay tribute to the biodiversity of the Italian landscape and to the role of plants in the fight against desertification. This is the case of the Innovation Space, the space dedicated to the latest frontiers of Italian technological research, which is immersed in a garden of medicinal plants and houses several installations, including digital simulations of the sun and the moon that experiment the use of artificial light for photosynthesis and the life of cultivated plants.

The lighting concept created by Lorenzo Bruscaglioni and Paolo Volorio of the Luminae Lighting agency reflects the complexity of the architectural project. To this end, the lighting designers have opted for the use of fixtures with a range of optics, finishes and lighting performance aimed at responding flexibly to the changing needs of the project. 

The L&L Luce&Light company proved to be the ideal partner for the design and the creation of a scenographic atmosphere thanks to the Ginko 3.0 projectors: artificial light contributes to the narration of the relationship that man has with the natural elements, the vegetal universe and the sun, both through the real shadows generated by the lighting of plants, ensured by devices that stimulate their growth, and through the shadows created ad hoc thanks to the use of a filter of shade built into the Ginko 3.0 projectors.
The optical accessory, developed to suggest to the mind the visual experience of light through the foliage, is also found in the fixtures that illuminate the cafeteria area. Moreover, in the project designed by the Luminae agency, the artificial light dialogues with the natural daylight that filters through the oscillatory movement of the strings of the facade, in a relationship that is intended to be dynamic and changing throughout the day thanks to the control of all the lighting devices of the pavilion via the various protocols DALI, DMX and Art-Net.

The functional lighting in the pavilion was designed to be as minimalistic and integrated with the exhibition space as possible, which is why the Ginko compact spotlights proved to be the most suitable. The Ginko 3.0 versions with 13° optics and adjustable elliptical optics are fixed to the main pillars of the structure and become almost invisible thanks to their white finish. 

Inside the exhibition space, Ginko 2.0 projectors were used in the corten finish with optics of different apertures (8°, 17°, 47°, elliptical) to meet the various lighting needs, as well as Ginko 1.0 devices equipped with stakes to be able to be installed in the vegetation. All luminaires are characterized by high color rendering index LED sources, cold white color temperature (4000K) and equipped with an integrated honeycomb for optimal visual comfort.

The architectural project of the Italian Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai also received the prize for the best entrepreneurial project of the year at the Construction Innovation Awards held within the framework of the universal exhibition.

Project: CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati and Italo Rota Building Office, with Matteo Gatto and F&M Ingegneria

Lighting solution: Luminae Lighting Design


Visuals ©: Catalin Marin Photography, Michele Nastasi


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