External Reference designs the European Union Pavilion, at the FIL Guadalajara 2023

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Architects Arquitectos
Carmelo Zappulla, External Reference Architects.
Project Director.- Carmelo Zappulla.
Project Managers.- Regina García.
Project Coordinator.- Sebastián Amorelli.
Carmelo Zappulla, External Reference Architects.
Director de proyecto.- Carmelo Zappulla.
Gestión de proyecto.- Regina García.
Coordianción de proyecto.- Sebastián Amorelli.
Equipo de proyecto Project team
Carmelo Zappulla, Regina García, Sebastián Amorelli.
Client Cliente
European Union. Unión Europea.
Builder Constructor
Kubico Temporal Architecture.
Venue / Location Lugar / Localización
Feria Internacional del Libro (FIL) de Guadalajara en México. Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL) in Mexico.
Area Superficie
1,380 m². 1.380 m².
Dates Fechas
Design.- November 2022.
Construction.-, June-November 2023.
Opening.- November 25th 2023.
Proyecto.- Noviembre 2022.
Construcción.-, junio-noviembre 2023.
Inauguración.- 25 de noviembre de 2023.
Program Programa
Central space, bleachers, 2 forums, interactive area, bookstore, mezzanine. Espacio central, gradas, 2 foros, área interactiva, librería, mezzanine.
Audiovisuals / 3D printing Audiovisuales / Impresión 3D
Scan Comunicación Audiovisual / LaMáquina.

External Reference Architects. Carmelo Zappulla

External Reference Architects, a firm led by Carmelo Zappulla, active in design and research in the fields of sensorial spaces, interior design, architecture, and landscape design.  He received “New Italian Blood” 1st prize as best Italian office under 36 (2010), with the International Awards: 1st Prize InArch best Author Restaurant (2017), 1st Prize SBID (Society of British International Design) International Design Award (Restaurant Design, 2017), 1st Prize in EXHIBITOR Magazine’s 29th Annual Exhibit Design Awards competition (2014) and Runner Up at Europan 8.

Carmelo Zappulla is a PhD architect and founding partner of Barcelona based External Reference Architects. He studied architecture at the Università degli Studi di Palermo, graduating with Honors and special mention, and holds a PhD (European Mention) with Honors from Universidad Politécnica de Catalunya, Barcelona.

He is currently Faculty member at IAAC (Instituto de Arquitectura Avanzada de Catalunya), he is the director of the Master in Experiential design at LCI Barcelona, and at IED (Istituto Europeo di Design), he was for 7 years the director of the Master’s Degree program. He collaborates with international architectural schools and institutions, including Strathclyde University, WSA (The Welsh School of Architecture), the Department of Architecture at Cardiff University, Wales, Uk. Moreover, he is member of Giras-Tec, international research group architecture and society, Barcelona School of Architecture, UPC, Spain.

His work has been exhibited at the Biennale in Venice, during the 12th International Architecture Exhibition, at MAXXI, Rome, at Eme3, Barcelona, Europan 8, Oslo.

His publications include scientific articles published by Routledge and projects published in Future, Il Sole 24 ore, LA Vanguardia, Blueprint, Materia, Frame, Dezeen, Domus, in the books Architect's notebook and Architectural process 2014 by Damdi Publishing co, among others.



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