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EXHIBITOR Magazine Announces Expo 2015 Award Winners
10/22/2015
For almost 30 years, EXHIBITOR magazine has brought you the world’s most prestigious exhibit-design competition, honoring the crème de la crème of trade show exhibits. Along those same lines, in 2010 and 2012, EXHIBITOR honored some of the most impressive temporary experiential structures the world has ever seen with its Expo Awards competitions in Shanghai, and Yeosu, South Korea, respectfully. Continuing that tradition, EXHIBITOR magazine launched its Expo 2015 Awards five months ago, and is finally ready to announce the winners and honorable mentions in the competition’s 11 categories.

The purpose of this competition is to honor the most impressive work from Expo 2015 in Milan (aka Expo Milano) and to spotlight some of the incredible pavilions there, all brimming with inspiration for exhibit and event professionals. The competition netted a record number of entries from more than three dozen pavilions, representing countries from Spain to Switzerland, Germany to Japan, Estonia to Azerbaijan, Mexico to Malaysia, and many more.

While a star-studded panel of multidisciplinary design, marketing, and communications experts judged nine categories (visit www.exhibitoronline.com/awards/expo for more on our judging panel), the Editor’s Choice Award was determined by the writers and editors of EXHIBITOR magazine, and the People’s Choice Award winner was determined by popular vote on www.ExhibitorOnline.com, where more than 100,000 readers and Expo enthusiasts cast their votes.

“The Expo 2015 Award winners and honorable mentions represent some of the world’s best examples of how design, technology, presentation, and storytelling come together to create immersive experiences and effectively communicate compelling messages,” said Travis Stanton, editor of EXHIBITOR magazine. “These examples will hopefully inform and inspire today’s exhibit and event professionals — along with the next generation of face-to-face marketers. Because whether you’re creating an immense international pavilion or a small 10-by-10-foot exhibit, it’s often about making a lasting impression, and the work on display in Milan does that in truly monumental and memorable ways.”

For the third consecutive Expo, the Germany Pavilion took top honors for Best Pavilion, followed by Austria and the United Arab Emirates who claimed honorable mentions in that category. In total, 23 different pavilions received recognition in this year’s competition, with the pavilions from Germany, Austria, the United Arab Emirates, Switzerland, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Mexico, and Kuwait earning high marks in multiple categories.

So join us in congratulating EXHIBITOR Magazine’s Expo 2015 Award winners (listed below). After all, according to our judges, our readers, and our team of writers and editors, they are among the best the world (well, the World’s Expo, at least) has to offer.

For more information on the winners of EXHIBITOR Magazine’s Expo 2015 Awards, watch for the December 2015 issue of EXHIBITOR magazine.


BEST PAVILION
Winner — Germany Pavilion
Client: Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi); Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH (Management Company)
Design: Milla & Partner GmbH; Schmidhuber
Fabrication: Nussli Group

Winner — Germany Pavilion

Dietmar Schmitz, commissioner general of the Germany Pavilion, accepts the Expo 2015 Award for Best Pavilion from EXHIBITOR magazine editor Travis Stanton. This is the third consecutive world expo at which Germany has taken top honors.



Honorable Mention — Austria Pavilion
Client: Austria
Design: Team.Breathe.Austria
Fabrication: Adunic AG

Honorable Mention — United Arab Emirates Pavilion
Client: The National Media Council, United Arab Emirates
Design: Foster + Partners
Fabrication: CanBuild Ltd.; Stahlbau Pichler srl; Tecton scrl


BEST EXTERIOR DESIGN
Winner — United Arab Emirates Pavilion
Client: The National Media Council, United Arab Emirates
Design: Foster + Partners
Fabrication: CanBuild Ltd.; Stahlbau Pichler srl; Tecton scrl

Winner — United Arab Emirates Pavilion

EXHIBITOR magazine editor Travis Stanton presents the Expo 2015 Award for Best Exterior Design to representatives from Foster + Partners and The National Media Council, United Arab Emirates.



Honorable Mention — China Pavilion
Client: China Council for the Promotion of International Trade
Design: Studio Link-Arc LLC
Fabrication: Bodino Engineering S.r.L.; China Arts Construction and Decoration Company Ltd.; Unique Europe S.r.L.

Honorable Mention — Israel Pavilion
Client: Israel
Design: Knafo Klimor Architects
Fabrication: Avant Video Systems


BEST SMALL PAVILION
Winner — Azerbaijan Pavilion
Client: The Republic of Azerbaijan
Design/Fabrication: AG&P; Arassociati; Fratelli&Co.; iDeas; Simmetrico Srl
Fabrication: Simmetrico Srl

Honorable Mention — Italian Wine Pavilion
Client: Vinitaly / Verona Fiera; Ministero delle Politiche Agricole, Alimentari e Forestali (MiPAAF)
Design: Studio Italo Rota
Fabrication: Nussli Group

Honorable Mention — Vanke Pavilion
Client: China Vanke Co.
Design: Studio Libeskind
Fabrication: Bodino Engineering Srl; CWS Soluzioni Informatiche; Nussli Group


BEST EXHIBIT
Winner — United Kingdom Pavilion “The Hive”
Client: UK Trade & Investment
Design: Wolfgang Buttress
Fabrication: Stage One

Honorable Mention — Belgium Pavilion “The Cave”
Client: Commissariat Géneral du Gouverment Belgue
Design: Patrick Genard y Asociados SLP
Fabrication: Sm Besix Vanhout

Honorable Mention — Switzerland Pavilion “San Gottardo — Acqua per l’Europa”
Client: Programma San Gottardo 2020; Canton Grigioni, Canton Ticino, Canton Uri, Canton Vallese
Design: Netwerch AG
Fabrication: Nussli Group


BEST ACTIVITY/INTERACTIVE
Winner — Germany Pavilion “Seed Boards”
Client: Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi); Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH (Management Company)
Design: Milla & Partner; Schmidhuber
Fabrication: Nussli Group

Honorable Mention — Kazakhstan Pavilion “Interactive Floor Relief”
Client: J&G Consultoria de Ferias S.L.
Design: Facts and Fiction GmbH
Fabrication: Designatics

Honorable Mention — Qatar Pavilion “Interactive Food Table”
Client: Qatar Pavilion Organizing Committee
Design: Cityneon Middle East LLC
Fabrication: Cityneon Middle East LLC


BEST INTERPRETATION OF THEME
Winner — Switzerland Pavilion
Client: Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Presence Switzerland
Design: Netwerch AG
Fabrication: Nussli Group

Winner — Switzerland Pavilion

The Expo 2015 Award for Best Interpretation of Theme goes to the Switzerland Pavilion. Here, Manuel Salchli, director of the Switzerland Pavilion, accepts the award from EXHIBITOR magazine editor Travis Stanton inside one of the pavilion’s four towers.



Honorable Mention — Austria Pavilion
Client: Austria
Design: Team.Breathe.Austria
Fabrication: Adunic AG

Honorable Mention — Monaco Pavilion
Client: Monaco Inter Expo
Design: Facts and Fiction GmbH
Fabrication: Es-Ko; Eco system


BEST USE OF TECHNOLOGY
Winner — Coop Italia Pavilion “Supermarket of the Future”
Client: Coop Italia
Design: Carlo Ratti Associati Spa
Fabrication: Accenture Spa; Inres; Nussli Group

Winner — Coop Italia Pavilion “Supermarket of the Future”

Representatives from the Coop Italia Pavilion accept the Expo 2015 Award for Best Use of Technology. Their interactive “Supermarket of the Future” incorporated robotics, gesture recognition, and interactive screens, mobile apps, and real-time data visualization to redefine the grocery shopping experience.



Honorable Mention — Germany Pavilion “Photovoltaic Cells”
Client: Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi); Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH (Management Company)
Design: Milla & Partner GmbH; Schmidhuber
Fabrication: Nussli Group

Honorable Mention — Mexico Pavilion “Bar Code Stickers”
Client: ProMexico
Design: Creatividad y Espectaculos (CREA Mexico)
Fabrication: Cocolab Mexico


BEST PRESENTATION
Winner — Japan Pavilion “Harmony”
Client: Japan External Trade Organization
Design: Dentsu Inc.; TeamLab
Fabrication: Expo Milano 2015 Japan Pavilion Exhibition Consortium, Prism

Honorable Mention — European Union Pavilion “The Golden Ear”
Client: European Commission
Design: BRC Imagination Arts
Fabrication: MCI/Dorier Group

Honorable Mention — Open Air Theater “Allavita!”
Client: 45 Degrees
Design: 45 Degrees
Fabrication: 45 Degrees


ELEMENTS & DETAILS
Winner — USA Pavilion “Vertical Farm”
Client: Friends of the USA Pavilion Milan 2015
Design: Biber Architects; Thinc Design
Fabrication: Nussli Group

Winner — USA Pavilion “Vertical Farm”

Charlie K. Faas, CEO of Friends of the USA Pavilion Milano 2015, and members of the student ambassadors program accept the Expo 2015 Award in the Elements & Details category from EXHIBITOR magazine editor Travis Stanton. The award honors the pavilion’s most iconic focal points, the kinetic vertical farm.



Honorable Mention — Brazil Pavilion “The Net”
Client: Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil)
Design: Studio Arthur Casas

Honorable Mention — Kuwait Pavilion “Dhow Sails”
Client: Ministry of Information of the State of Kuwait
Design: Steiner Sarnen Schweiz AG; Studio Italo Rota
Fabrication: Nussli Group


EDITOR’S CHOICE
Winner — Kazakhstan Pavilion
Client: J&G Consultoria de Ferias S.L.
Design: Facts and Fiction GmbH
Fabrication: Gtp2 Architekten

Winner — Kazakhstan Pavilion

Anuarbek Mussin, commissioner general of the Kazakhstan Pavilion, accepts the Editor’s Choice Award from EXHIBITOR magazine editor Travis Stanton, alongside representatives from Facts and Fiction GmbH, the firm responsible for the pavilion’s design.



Honorable Mention — Mexico Pavilion
Client: ProMexico
Design: Loguer Design Mexico; Creatividad y Espectaculos (CREA Mexico)
Fabrication: Creatividad y Espectaculos (CREA Mexico); Nussli Group; Cocolab Mexico

Honorable Mention — France Pavilion
Client: FranceAgriMer
Design: Agence Laverne Paysagistes; Studio Adeline Rispal; XTU Architects
Fabrication: Cooperativa Muratori & Cementisti (CMC di Ravenna)


PEOPLE’S CHOICE
Winner — Qatar Pavilion
Client: Qatar Pavilion Organizing Committee
Design: Cityneon Middle East LLC
Fabrication: Cityneon Middle East LLC

Honorable Mention — United Arab Emirates Pavilion
Client: The National Media Council, United Arab Emirates
Design: Foster + Partners
Fabrication: CanBuild Ltd.; Stahlbau Pichler srl; Tecton scrl

Honorable Mention — Kuwait Pavilion
Client: Ministry of Information of the State of Kuwait
Design: Steiner Sarnen Schweiz AG; Studio Italo Rota
Fabrication: Nussli Group


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