By Ufficio di piano Expo 2015 & Studio Technicio Majoviecki
Decumano and Cardo
VALMEX ® FR 1000 Mehatop F, Type II
Maffeis Engineering Spa
Date of completion:
Concept & design:
ConExpo 2015 sarl
Ufficio di piano Expo 2015
& Studio Technicio Majoviecki
While tensile construction is the favoured design feature at Expo 2015 in Milan, Low & Bonar´s benefits of its excellent reputation of high quality coated textiles. The first coup of Low & Bonar was to provide material for the huge sun shading systems of the Expo 2015 paths. The idea of the two axes derives from the Roman concept of a town’s grid with decumano and the perpendicular cardo. These are the typical features of roman town planning which can not only be seen in the grids of old roman towns in Italy but as well in Jerusalem for example or Damascus.
As Milan gets quite hot during summer the designers of the Expo area decided to cover the two axes in a way that the old Romans would certainly have appreciated as well: it seems that the fabrics are only loosely fitted to the rectangular frames. Of course there is engineering to do nowadays but it’s really good to see textile structures in a way that seems natural – indeed a straightforward approach to this ephemeral structure.