Expo 2015 world exhibition opened in Milan on May 1, with Estonia represented by “Gallery of __”. On the eve of the opening, CNN included Estonia’s pavilion among the “most impressive pavilion designs.”
“Gallery of __”, designed by Estonian architecture firm Kadarik & Tüür, aims to represent Estonia as a Northern, yet a warm country – a democratic and open place. Made of timber, the “Gallery’s” space is used invitingly – it’s open from three sides where visitors can follow their own path of exploring the exhibition.
According to the architects behind the design, the Estonian pavilion indicates that the country is in constantly changing process and development.
"Gallery of __" features well-known Estonian enterprises, such as Skype, Estonia Pianos, A Le Coq beer company, Click&Grow smart flower pots, as well as the Let's do it! World Cleanup project and the Estonian Woodhouse Association.
Architect Jaanus Orgusaar, Estonian fashion designers, and a number of smaller companies and start-ups like Khisbath, Derelict, Renard bikes, Stigo Bike and Raybike, among many others, are also represented.
CNN has chosen Estonia's pavilion among the 24 most impressive designs at the exhibition. "Three floors of shifting wooden blocks create the "nesting boxes" which contain the best of Estonia's culinary culture, with food and drinks inspired by its nature. Energy swings at the ground floor can be used by visitors to produce electricity and see how much effort translates into the energy required for everyday tasks like charging a phone."
Estonia has taken part in the event three times: once before the Soviet occupation (in 1933) and twice since it regained its independence (in 2000 and 2010). Participation in the EXPO 2015 will cost Estonia an estimated 3.7 million euros.
Editor: S. Tambur