“Feeding the Planet, Energy for life” is the theme of Expo 2015 in Milan, offering answers to the major future challenges of human nutrition and energy production. This world exhibition introduces a clear paradigm shift by dispensing with prestigious monumental buildings, and by presenting itself rather as a “sustainable AgroFood Park”.
With a size of 4,913 m2 the German pavilion will be one of the biggest pavilions at Expo 2015. A consortium consisting of the three partner companies SCHMIDHUBER, Nüssli Germany and Milla & Partner was selected to design the German pavilion which applies the concept of stylised fields and meadows in great detail. Formally, the architecture is reminiscent of a “supplanted landscape” set in the pavilion’s premises which gradually slopes upward offering a freely accessible surface.
Expo 2015 S.p.A, the company organising this major event, wanted to conduct a pedestrian flow analysis for all pavilions. PTV Transport Consult was chosen to create this analysis for the German pavilion using PTV Viswalk. To visualise the real-life conditions in the pavilion, the planning experts added scaled CAD layout plans. Dynamic data were specified for the pedestrian simulation (e.g. pedestrian flows which result from the capacities and frequencies of the shows).
The simulation showed that the management concept for the pavilion meets the Expo’s requirements in terms of visitors’ safety and convenience. The queuing management for the pavilion’s entrance area also complies with the provisions. Another positive aspect: the analysed area is completely barrier-free.
The German Pavilion consortium commissioned by the Federal Ministy of Economics is responsible for the concept, planning and implementation of the German Pavilion. ARGE consists of the following companies: SCHMIDHUBER (spatial concept, architecture and general planning), Milla & Partner (theme-based concept, exhibition and media) and NÜSSLI Germany (project management and building construction). PTV Transport Consult GmbH was commissioned by Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutscher Pavillon to conduct the pedestrian flow analysis.