Creating Legacy through Exhibitions by Repurposing, Re-Cycling and Revitalising

Paviljon EXPANO was constructed in Milan in 2015 with the vision of complete reconstruction.

The building was reconstructed back in Slovenia using the same materials, completely recycled, and is repurposed as a base of operations for future exhibitions alongside two other structures.

Paviljon EXPANO was constructed in Milan in 2015 with the vision of complete reconstruction – representing the country of Slovenia's mountains and diversity. The building was reconstructed back in Slovenia using the same materials, completely recycled, and is repurposed as a base of operations for future exhibitions alongside two other structures.

Helga explains that this was due to the city Municipality of Murska Sobota seeing this as an opportunity. Recycling buildings means sustainable, green investment. Murska Sobota is a smart town with 20,000 inhabitants and as such. At the time, there was an ongoing issue revolving around an initiative to revitalising an unused artificial lake. This was the perfect destination for the rebuilding of the structure.

The new purpose of the Paviljon is the concept of acting as a showroom for the region, representing itself as a doorway to the local region. This has been achieved through three directives of new content:

  1. To present tourism offers to existing visitors
  2. To bring new perspectives about original offers
  3. To connect different generations, an opportunity to learn

Experts were brought in to deliver products that achieve these through a variety of digital experiences to ensure the quality and value of education.

In regards to the lake's revitalisation, over 130 trees were planted to act as a barrier between the motorway and shadow shelter during summer. The lake itself is shared between a variety of stakeholders, who provide their own services to visitors such as swimming, children's play areas and experiences.


Key Takeaways

1. Construct with the future in mind, new structures for events can be restructured to drastically reduce industrial waste

2. Work with local government to enact sustainable change when considering structures. Current challenges could work in favour of structure plans

3. Provide services that represent your local area to give experiences to all generations, and leave resources that can educate future generations to come

Published on:
December 2021
About the contributor

Helga Lukac

Helga’s passion is to foster sustainability and connections among enterprises within the region, mostly related to tourism. She believes that each of us can take a step forward to make life better and keep an environment for our descendants.