Albanian Pavillion

The Albanian society is such as to encourage people belonging to different religions to live together in a harmonious way, a virtue on which is based the morality that keeps Albanians unified.

The harmony of living together is not based on the principles of a single faith, so there was never neglected the "third unifying" factor.

Rather than a necessity, because of constitutional requirements in addition to freedom and equality, the top feature has been culture, as the catalyst of unification and harmonious understanding between those "dissimilar". The harmony invokes righty the availability towards the others. The culture is a unifying factor, but the singularity is precisely that for Albanians this unification develops naturally and genetically.

Societies are destined to fail if they are not held together by a force that is not necessarily political or economic, this force of cultural nature, for many centuries has been religion. Its power is the faith in one God or in a constellation of Gods, as an institutional structure that governs the state organization.

presentation of pavilion

At the center of the exhibition will be introduced an installation, intended to merge the two areas of a single artistic concept:

· in the first, the structure of a mill, installed into the space between the two walls,

· while in the back, two parallel ladders lead to a flat platform on which rests a container with water (biologically life itself flows out of the water).

In the right side of the installation, are inserted four small screens, which transmit Closed-circuit television video materials of different complex content, on Nature, Heritage, culinary traditions, archaeological discoveries, tourism and other peculiarities of Albania.

Visitors enter the Pavilion Albania through two large portals which occupy almost half of the side surface of the space shaded as a parallelepiped, and are regarded as an essential part of the message we are trying to convey. The large size of the doors with respect to space, shows the generosity and hospitality of the Albanians, as a way of life, the foresight and the innate characteristic to welcome and appreciate cultures other than their own reality.

installation's message

The symbolism of the installation follows multiple interpretations in a complex reality that comes from a long history of difficulties and struggle to survive. A nation that still holds on today on strong foundations and tries to integrate into the dimensions of the modern times.

Even under a religious point of view, the concept of the mill is encountered in the philosophy of the two dominant religions of Albanians: the mill grinds and produces flour that becomes bread, essential food for the nourishment of [Christ is called "Bread of life "]; and also in Islam religion and writings Muslims, God is compared to the shaft rotating the mill, without which humanity would not know about.

Water container located in the back of the installation together with the mill are a symbol of hospitality, coexistence, communication, artistically illustrated the concept of preservation of these long-lived traditions. This is our cultural dimension based on our early traditions.

The visitor will access the Albanian Pavilion from two different doors, symbolizing the past and its future, and then stops near the mill as a final destination after a long journey in search of values and virtues.

Filming and audiovisual materials on monitors at the side of the hall transmit moments dealing with daily life, production, culture, important moments that show the progress of Albania towards European integration.

v mill in international dimensions and connection to expo milano theme

Taking into account the fact that the symbol is presented at an international arena, the myth of the Mill and Water flowing is rightly thought to be easily absorbed even by an international audience thus sending a universal message.

Mill is an essential element for the interpretation of the notion of the "movement, transformation and of life itself". Millstones use water and wind (giving to the latter a positive value), two vital elements of nature, show the course of time, while wheat is milled into white flour and the later is "sacrificed" to become bread which is a symbol of new life, the daily bread as food for the soul. This confirms the slogan "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life", as the mill produces food and generates energy.

A mechanical process that of rotation which results in the wheel of time that "grinds" the physical life. A process of life and death that generates eternity: the transformation of raw material into flour, and then in bread, in perpetual motion.


According to their culture and tradition each country is called to propose new challenges and prospects of food. What offers the " Albanian natural barn", is the healthy, safe and abundant food, produced respecting nature and environmentally friendly, preserving authentic flavors and culinary traditions. Tradition and innovation, exactly two beams holding the concept of Albania Pavilion itself are also shown graphically in the space dedicated to the Pavilion:

v Culture and traditions are outlined by the mill grinding the raw materials to produce food, to ensure its existence and contribute to coexistence;

v Future and sustainable development, expressed through Digital Concepts that focus on Biodiversity, Gastronomy, Organic Agriculture, Rural Development, culinary traditions of different regions, customs and traditions of Hospitality, Occidental influences in the nutrition and cooking traditions, culinary and refinement of tastes, laboratory studies on the quality of the land for the cultivation of rare plants that may be prioritized in the near future with the climate changes sustainable development for those typical and authentic Albanian crops and peculiarities.