Public Buildings

EXPANO Pavilion

Milan, Italy / Murska Sobota, Slovenia

The pavilion in Milan (IT) 1 | The pavilion in Milan (IT)
Originally designed to represent Slovenia’s mountain silhouette for the EXPO 2015 in Milan, the reconstructed pavilion now serves as a “Door to the Prekmurje Region”.
Design: With Italy being the third largest investor, second most important trade partner, and biggest source market of tourists in Slovenia, representing the country well at the Expo 2015 convention in Milan was of great importance. An equally complex and dynamic timber construction was chosen for this purpose, with its angular appearance reminiscent of the Slovenian mountain landscape and its facade and exterior design as a reminder of cultivated fields or of the surface of leaves.

Wood: The timber skeleton construction is supplemented by loadbearing elements made of cross-laminated timber. The use of wood for the facade and the structural system emphasizes Slovenia’s identity as one of the most forested countries in Europe. At the same time, the pavilion was designed in a way that allowed for a reconstruction in another place. This made it possible to save money for its reconstruction in the year of 2018, which only required minimal adjustments. The pavilion now promotes the activity areas and products of the Prekmurje Region.

Energy: Thanks to comfort ventilation with heat recovery and a water-to-water heat pump and despite its large glass surfaces and room volumes, the building has a very much acceptable energy consumption for a building of its kind.
Large glass surfaces 2 | Large glass surfaces
Exterior view at night 3 | Exterior view at night
Interior 4 | Interior
Basic information
Year of Completion |  2015/2018
Investor |  Municipality of Murska Sobota (SI)
Architecture |  SoNo arhitekti d.o.o., Ajdovščina (SI)
Structural Engineering |  Biro Lazar, Murska Sobota (SI); Wood: CBD d.o.o., Celje (SI)
Construction Time |  8 months (reconstruction)
Number of floors |  2 + partial basement
Plot size |  31 100 m² for the entire area, ca. 5 000 m² for the closer site
Gross floor area |  1 140 m²
Construction Costs (netto) |  ca. 2 300 €/m²
Awards |  Best Public Architecture Design 2015 Shenzhen (TOP 3); Wood Design & Building Awards 2015 Kanada (among ten best projects)

Technical aspects
Concept |  Timber skeleton construction with loadbearing cross-laminated timber elements, deconstructed after the Expo and reconstructed in Slovenia
Woodworking |  Lumar IG, Maribor (SI)
Origin of Timber, Certification |  PEFC-certified forests in Austria, Germany, and the Czech Republic
Forestry Value Chain |  Only local companies (reconstruction)
Energy Systems |  Comfort ventilation with heat recovery, water-water heat pump
Energy Consumption  |  41.35 kWh/m²a

Regional Wood Circular Economy Energy Efficiency

Floor plan Floor plan