We recently heard the Italian government wants to evaluate all options to redevelop the enormous Expo area for productive, cultural and scientific uses. But what will become of our pavilions? What will be left, and what instead destroyed? What will be reused or recycled? Right now it is difficult to know for sure. We know that the Mexico pavilion will be fully dismantled and transferred overseas, with the exception of materials that were rented and the concrete infrastructure, which will probably be the only thing to be destroyed and not reused. It seems the Mexican government intends to reuse part of the pavilion in future opportunities.
Instead, regarding Vanke Pavilion, it has been decided that it will be reused in Italy, rebuilt as it stands in another site. The structure is largely made of concrete though, so that will inevitably be destroyed. But the iron pipes, the tv screens, the wiring, the furniture, the red tiles and the Woodn slats will be reused, even if the percentage ratio – compared to the concrete walls – looks low: we calculated the percentage of recycling/reuse on the whole pavilion is not more than 20-25%.
As for the boardwalks along the waterways, their fate will be linked to that of the entire Expo area. What is certain is that Greenwood Deck, being fully recyclable, will surely not end up in a landfill…
Cascina Triulza will remain where it is: the project was donated by Architect Citterio to the City of Milan, and therefore also the restaurant with the Greenwood terrace will not be moved.
We don’t know what will happen to the OVS Space; we only know for sure that the use - and perhaps then the recovery - of Greenwood allowed to escape the slaughter of a large number of trees. And if it will indeed be recycled, the decking of the pavilion will not produce pollution but new material for decking.