In 2014 Rizzoli-Corriere dellaSera Media Group S.p.A. decided to have a pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015 in order to promote the activity of the group in daily newspapers, magazines and books, radio broadcasting, new media and digital and satellite TV. This paper presents the design philosophy, the project development and the construction of the demountable pavilion designed by Monica Armani architects and based on a transparent volume made of XLAM columns and inflated PVC crystal cushions. The lightness of the inflated part contrasts with the weight and the mass of the vertical and horizontal wooden structure. The result is a sophisticated construction with a lightweight envelope which can be adapted to the weather conditions and solar radiation. The main structure of the pavilion, with a main ground floor and a small mezzanine, is based on an XLAM structure composed by a rigid basement, vertical rectangular columns with different orientations, a rigid central core and a flat roof with two large skylights. The series of rectangular two-layers air cushions used for the facades and the two skylights are connected to the glulam with keder rail profiles. The facade of the pavilion is the most characterizing element of the construction and is based on a two-layer system stabilized through the air pressure. This solution minimized the weight of the pavilion and provided adequate insulation of the internal spaces. The pavilion has been dismantled in November 2015 and it will be used in several temporary events planned in the next years.
Beccarelli, P., Armani, M., & Maffei, R. (2019). Casa Corriere –RCS Media Group pavilion for Expo 2015. In Proceedings of the TensiNet Symposium 2019: Softening the Habitats. , (505-513). https://doi.org/10.30448/ts2019.3245.24