Spain Pavillion Expo Zaragoza 2008


Bovis Lend Lease, S.A., was assigned the Technical Consultancy for the pre-construction phase, including analysis of design, cost control, planning and Procurement.documents. BLL also carried out advisory services for the recommendation and final selection of the construction company.
After the success of The Seville 92 Universal Exhibition, Spain has hosted again another Expo, this time of international scope. With the slogan “Water and Sustainable Development” the city of Zaragoza hosted, from 14th of June to 14th of September of 2008, the first international exhibition according to the model set by the International Exhibition Office (BIE).
The Water was the global subject chosen by the Zaragoza 2008 Exhibition, which was visited by one hundred countries. In the 25 hectares sf premises, next to the Ebro river, in the in the meander of Ranillas, Zaragoza held the biggest Debate Forum and mass international meeting about Water.
“Science and Creativity”
Un the slogan “Science and creativity, the main objective of the Pavilion of Spain in the Zaragoza 2008 International Exhibition was to present a dynamic, modern, scientific and creative view of Spain with regard to the Water issue. Spain had to appear before the world as a supportive country, committed with environmental problems, with a strategic option for the renewable energies.
Thus, the content of the Pavilion exhibition not only informed about the global situation of the water resources but also made the visitor feel actively responsible for their daily use of water.
The design of the building fulfils these revolutionary expectations, resorting to water, ventilation, shade, and the protection created by the roof and the “forest of pillars” that surrounds the building to turn the Pavilion into an example of ecological and sustainable architecture.
The Pavilion, designed by the architect Patxi Mangado jointly with The National Renewable Energies Centre (Cener) –specialist in issues relating to renewable energies and bioclimatic design- was one of the most outstanding premises in the Expo Zaragoza, as for its design as well as the materials used.
The architecture of the forest
The design of the Pavilion means a bet for an architecture committed with the environment and the sustainable development. It reproduces a forest, “a natural space”, as Mangado said, “both so simple and so complex at the same time” where light goes through the high trees and the sound of water take us to an experience, that nowadays, due to the environmental damages and the urban life, results almost impossible”.
It is “a forest of pillars” that surrounds clear volumes and constitutes the core of the Pavilion, conceived according to energetic saving criteria, with a huge roof that provides the building with shade. Thus, and by means of sustainable materials and renewable energies, the Pavilion has a microclimate that allows the visitor to protect himself from the high temperatures of the summer in Zaragoza.
The numerous pillars covered with fired clay ,become microclimate-generating supports The cover will be a power container arranging solar collectors, rainwater accumulators, photoelectric panels, etc. This kind of environmental committed architecture reaches its highest point through the association between the architect and the National Center of Renewable Energies, which have tried that all the elements apart from encouraging the energy savings, are renewable.
Perfectly isolated and arranged, the exhibition spaces are placed inside the “forest”, adding up to 2.315 m2, out of the approximately 8.000 of the pavilion surface, arranged in three floors. Next to the Ebro River, near the “Comunidades Autónomas” Pavilion, settled on a 4.200 m2 sf plot, the “forest” of Spain showed one of the most singular profiles in the Expo Zaragoza and received a high number of visitors. The National Society for International Exhibitions (SEEI) assigned the project for the “drafting of the Basic and Execution Project, including the design of the installations and the Health & Safety Study” to the proposal presented by Francisco Mangado and the National Centre of Renewable Energies of Spain (Cener), architect and advisor for content and environmental issues respectively. This is a building that bets for the science and innovation, for an ethical and environmentally committed architecture and for the sustainable development. A Pavilion, in short, in line with the message that Spain and the Expo offered the world.