Italians win 'Palazzo Italia' design contract at Expo Milan

40 million euros for World Fair's only permanent structure

Italians win 'Palazzo Italia' design contract at Expo Milan

Milan, April 19 - Three Italian architecture firms have won the international competition to design the Italian pavilion at Expo Milan 2015, organizers said Friday. The winning proposals came from Rome-based Nemesi & Partners, Pescara-based Proger and Milan-based Bms Progetti. Italy's pavilion is the only structure intended to be permanent and outlive the six-month event expected to draw 20 million visitors from around the world. The area that will showcase Italian culture and goods has already been conceptualized by Marco Balich, famous for producing the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. His concept calls for a 12,766-square-meter building called Palazzo Italia built outside the Milan city center on the Expo fairgrounds, a 1.1-million-square-meter site where preparations are already underway. Palazzo Italia includes a 35-meter-wide boulevard that stretches 325 meters, featuring a number of its own showcase areas. In addition to display areas, the pavilion will also include conference halls, restaurants, bars and cooking showrooms. The entire design budget is 40 million euros.

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