In the Pavilion of the Principality of Monaco at Expo Milano 2015, nothing was left to coincidence: instead every single element was conceived with a view to dismantling stereotypes, raising awareness and most of all proposing solutions. Made with 70 % recyclable materials and with covered 50 % with plants, the area combined some very different elements to generate brand new points of view in response to the challenge of sustainable development. The first surprise that the visitor came across was a wall made of 19 real shipping containers, piled one on top of another. Elements that perfectly expressed the vital link of Monaco with the sea, and the importance of trade relations for economic development. Their square outlines were softened by the sloping roof, covered in wild plants, which recalled the Mediterranean flora and that of the numerous Countries with which Monaco cooperates on an international level.
The second life of the Pavilion
Proof of the Principality’s sensitivity to international cooperation, it should be remembered that, according to the original project, at the end of the Universal Exposition the Pavilion of the Principality of Monaco was to be dismantled and rebuilt in Burkina Faso, to host the operating base of the local Red Cross. The structure would be located inside an area of approximately six hectares near the capital Ouagadougou, and contain many services, including, in particular, a professional training centre.
The visitor would continue his amazing journey through the Pavilion, where he would witness an exposition dedicated to sustainable development. Laid out in ten stages and enhanced by interactive museum technologies, the exhibition focused on key themes such as the protection of marine resources, the management of forests and human development. The pragmatism that is typical of Monaco emerged in the constant desire to offer a solution to each problem, by resorting to science and technology. Particular attention was paid to the sea, around which the history of Monaco has always been centred: proof of this is the State’s Oceanographic Institute and Museum, founded at the beginning of the century by the then-sovereign Prince Albert I of Monaco, and managed by famous oceanographer Jacques Cousteau.
The chef’s bistro
Although solidity was certainly the pillar of the Monaco Pavilion, it was interpreted with great taste and elegance. The entire area was wrapped in a perfume designed specifically for the event, which encompassed all the typical essences of the Mediterranean. Meanwhile, on the floor above, the visitor could make himself comfortable in a bistro with a terrace overlooking the Decumano, where the menus were designed and managed by chef Philippe Joannès.