Chile’s participation in the 2015 Expo Milan came to an end, leaving a long list of achievements harvested since the inauguration of the National Pavillion on May 1st. With more than 1,200,000 visits, the space called “The love of Chile” represented the country in this year’s international event where 147 countries promoted their articles and products in Milan, Italy.
One day before ending the Exposition, the organization announced the winning pavillions in the different categories of the event. The Chilean Pavilion received the Silver recognition in the category “Architecture and landscape” for the pavilions of up to 2000 m2, delivered by the BIE, the Bureau of International Exhibitions. This achievement joins the three prizes in the competition for sustainability, organized in early October by the same Expo Milan and the Italian Ministry of Environment.
“It was a job that was done with passion, conviction and enthusiasm. When working seriously and as a team, results are good”, said Cristián Undurraga, the architect who conceived the design of the Pavilion. Undurraga works also include the Centro Cultural Palacio La Moneda and the Municipality of Las Condes building.
Besides from its design, the national stand drew the public’s attention with cultural activities such as the performance of the band Inti Illimani, the Pehuenche tenor Miguel Angel Pellao and pianist Mahani Teave. At the same time, the Pavilion’s restaurant – created and assisted by chef Rodolfo Guzman – had a prominent role, being the third most visited one of the whole event.
“We are very proud to have represented Chile in this international exhibition. I thank all those who participated and relied on this challenge. We rolled down the curtain with the conviction of having represented Chile with excellence. I am sure that our country is closer to the world and more than one million people know more about Chile and the love of Chile”, said Lorenzo Constans, General Commissioner for Chile Expo Milan 2015.
Persisting on the angle of sustainability that defined the event, giving that the Pavillion was constructed with reused wood and recycled iron, the idea is to bring the Pavillion back to Chile. The structure will be installed in a location yet to be defined, allowing access to all public.
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