Project Description


The Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano takes part in the EXPO 2015 by placing a copy of the famous effigy in the center of its pavilion and ideally at the center of the world, giving visitors the opportunity to admire one of the most significant symbols of the city up close.

Client: Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano
Location: Milano
Area: 1175 mq
Timeline: 16 marzo -30 aprile 2015
Project Management, Architecture, Structure design, Equipments and Engineering: Mosae
Site supervision: Mosae
Exhibition and Scenography: Lascia La Scia
Lighting design: Ferrara Palladino
Contractors: Sarappalti S.p.a., Airaudo costruzioni srl, Tonoimpianti srl

The “madonnina” at EXPO brings with it the centuries-old history of the construction of the Duomo, one of the great Gothic cathedrals of Europe. A symbol for the entire city of Milan that represents all the cultures that make Milan.

The space dedicated to the VFD Pavilion is made up of two episodes, the first one overlooking the decumanus articulated by a square/tier that wants to reproduce the rooftop of the Duomo di Milano and where the reproduction of the Madonnina is placed on a 1:1 scale, the second is a small single floor building with a thematic exhibition.

The marble theme is tackled from the raw material extracted from the quarry and then transported through the canals to arrive in Milan and be transformed by the stonemasons into the fantastic pieces that make up the Duomo.

In fact on the right you can find four huge blocks of candoglia marble and on the left four islands made up of spiers, pieces of arch, finely sculpted capitals built between the ‘500 and the 800.

Centrally we have the ascent towards the reproduction of the Madonnina, 4.16m high in bronze and covered in gold. As we ascend we find the 7 centuries of life of the VFD up to today printed in the cement as it is done with the blocks of marble.

The second volume completing and integrating the pavilion is located behind the square. A very neutral and clean volume that absolutely wants to disappear. Inside we find two photographic exhibitions that tell the story of the Madonnina placed on the Duomo and the history of the copy that can be visited in EXPO.