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Italian architect Enrico Pollini designed the exhibition to cover 1,010 square meters and to include both visual and tactile elements of sustainability within its walls. The roof is covered with a Mediterranean peat moss called sphagnum, which is essential to many crops in the region. This component is partnered with a rainwater collection system to help support an array of vertical gardens. The gardens will be sustained throughout the duration of the expo. Monaco’s choice of vegetation illustrates its proud culinary traditions and its hopes to illuminate the harmony of nearby cuisines, such as French and Italian.

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The expo also hints at the need for collaboration and solidarity when it comes to sustainable technology. The pavilion design brings together three larger themes: cooperation, governance, and education. A walk-through tour of the expo details achievements of these ideals, including how Monaco has joined together with other agencies and foundations for the purpose of preservation. At the end of the expo, the pavilion will be disassembled and reconstructed as a part of a Red Cross initiative in the West African country Burkina Faso.

+ Monaco Expo Pavilion

+Inhabitat Coverage of Expo Milan 2015

Images via Mike Chino for Inhabitat