The Mexican Pavilion for Expo 2015, during the World Environment Day, was awarded the prize “Towards a Sustainable Expo“.
The outer building envelope of the pavilion, designed by Francisco López Guerra Almada Jorge Vallejo and by the biologist Juan Guzzy, consists of a triple skin that uses solar radiation with ecological materials. The theme on which the design team has been focused is the recyclability of materials and ease of assembly and disassembly, which allowed the South American Pavilion to win in the category “Design and Materials of the pavilions“.
The concept that guided the design of the exhibition is the form of a corn on the cob, one of traditional food of the Mexican culinary tradition, declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. It’s important to remember that Mexico has played a key role in the spread of maize in the world.
Inside the pavilion, spiral ramps wind up, flanked by a watercourse; finally there is a garden, shaded by a magnolia tree, typical of the Mexican climate zone.
At the end of Expo, the only items that will be demolished are the walking surfaces; everything else is completely recyclable. All the structures are secured with joints and screws, without welds, to achieve an itinerant pavilion for the future.