Milan Expo 2015 opens to public

The Milan Expo opened its doors to the public on the 1st of May, featuring pavilions from all over the world, including the Middle East with countries like Kuwait and the UAE exhibiting for the first time.

In total, the 2015 expo is showcasing pavilions from 140 countries and private organisations, showcasing purpose-built pavilions featuring exhibitions around this year’s theme of Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.

The expo is held near Milan’s Rho Fiera exhibition grounds, the same location that hosts the annual Salone del Mobile Furniture Fair.

Only recently had many of the pavilions and other structures for the expo been full completed and some still have work remaining.

A number of designers had additionally expressed their doubts on the expo being ready in time for the opening.

According to Dezeen, the Italian government has spent over $1.5 billion on the project so far, and is yet to spend another $3 million “on a commission for 11,000 square metres of temporary camouflage screens, officially described as “external exhibition elements”, to hide ongoing construction work on the site.”

One of the original masterplanners of the Milan expo, architect and co-founder of Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron, Jacques Herzog spoke against the project, calling it a “vanity fair”.

Yet, regardless of the doubts and attacks, the Milan Expo is moving along calmly with on-site problems either resolved or hidden from view.