MIC plus by Mario Bellini Architects

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Designed by Mario Bellini Architects, the MIC plus is located in Milan covering 37,000 of total area. Mentioned as the greatest convention centre in Europe, the project includes the restoration an renewal of the existing complex, followed by its extension and integration with the new part, thus creating a door open onto the Expo. The construction set to begin in June this year. The building will house 18 thousand seats, an auditorium for 1500 people a plenary hall of 4500 seats and 73 meeting rooms which can cater for 20 to 2000 posts.


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Technical Notes

MIC plus is being built according to self-sustainable energy criteria, thanks to a complex system of photovoltaic panels, shaped like a comet, that will not only produce sufficient energy for the centre itself, but will also have plenty to spare for the surrounding area. The prestige and charisma of the exterior will be matched by the functionality and uniqueness of the interior. On details and materials of the Comet Bellini writes: “The Comet is the fruit of lengthy research by Mario Bellini Architect(s) starting with the figurative idea and realized with the innovative assembly of materials which can easily be obtained on the market. It is designed to comprise a total of 8000 metres of luminescent rays (up to 200 m long) which will ripple out from a denser nucleus to form a tail. – Each ray is composed of 4 ribbons side by side, pre-formed sections of ultrathin microperforated aluminium, anodised silver (making the entire structure even lighter and semitransparent). – Each ray is supported by lightweight three-dimensional reticular steel structures along the centre of which run 8 thousand metres of channelled lighting (in microprism finish extruded transparent polycarbonate tubes) produced by low energy LED lights (only 1 Watt per metre). – Along each section, it is possible to insert a photovoltaic panel (composed of thin layers of amorphous silicon), light sensitive even in the absence of sunshine, as is often the case in Milan. Each metre can generate 25 Watts. In theory, if the entire Comet was covered with photovoltaic panels in this way, 800 thousand Watts could be generated. But in order to light up the Comet, at zero cost, it will be sufficient to install 400 metres of photovoltaic panels. All of these materials can be recycled”.

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