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EXPO sustainable austrian pavilion, an oasis of calm and relaxation

querkraft architects

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querkraft architects

austria makes sense above all, the austrian pavilion at EXPO 2020 is one thing: absolutely different. in the general hustle and bustle of the EXPO, it stands out as an oasis of calm and relaxation, as an experience space that allows visitors to immerse themselves directly in the most important values of austria by concentrating on the essentials. inspiration by tradition – new interpretation as a gesture to the host country, the unique pavilion architecture relies on a dialogue with arab building tradition - cones inspired by wind towers - and thus for the most part manages with natural air conditioning. thanks to clever planning and clay cladding, the construction method uses natural processes to control the temperature of the rooms. during the night, the concrete and clay walls absorb the coolness and release it into the interior during the day. in addition, planted cones, a densely greened inner courtyard and water mist system serve to regulate the climate naturally. the pavilion offers interior comfort and a reduction in total energy consumption including all auxiliary functions by 70% compared to a comparable conventional building. here tradition meets future-oriented conception - and thus also embodies the spirit of modern austria. recycling by puzzle-design the modular construction of the pavilion is just as future-oriented. the individual cones are made up of just eight different prefabricated parts in an igloo system and can be reused in a completely different composition at a new location for long-term use after the end of the six-month EXPO event without structural changes. the building poses one of the most important questions about the future and gives a possible answer: careful and respectful use of our earthly resources. experience with all senses in the pavilion itself, the unusual, "lively" rooms play with surprising room sequences and incursions of light, so that visitors automatically pause, collect impressions and experience austria with all their senses: the green, diverse landscape, the innovative business location, the cuisine and hospitality, the attractive living space and the intermediary position in the heart of europe. in terms of content, the same applies here: less is more. the curation enables complex and interesting topics to be communicated in a pleasant, intuitive and easy-to-use manner. instead of numbers, data or facts, images and emotions convey amazingly impressively - and impressively - what makes austria so special. inter-cultural communication the universally understandable icons and dynamic animations used were specially developed for the EXPO so the stress automatically stays outside - and the information is intuitively anchored in the mind. by deliberately avoiding language in the classic sense, the austria pavilion gives all visitors the same access to information. barriers based on language, education, age or cultural background are dissolved. the playful approach not only enables adults to gain new experiences, but also children embark on an exciting journey thanks to the intuitive communication.


 united arab emirates
 Austrian Federal Economic Chamber / Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs
 1.600 mq
 querkraft architects
 querkraft architects
 nüssli group
 structural engineering - Werkraum Wien, WME Engineering Consultants / climate engineering - Ingenieurbüro P. Jung / MEP engineering - Obkircher Plus, WME Engineering Consultants / landscape design - Kieran Fraser Landscape Design, Green4Cities / fire protection - Design confidence / exhibition design - Büro Wien, Ars Electronica Solutions / graphic design - Bleed Vienna / cost calculation - Vienna consulting Engineers / acoustic engineering - david haigner
 andreas keller-fotografie / querkraft / carmen egger


the motivation to create an unique pavilion, outstanding and sustainable was our common aim. we wanted to create a pavilion which lasts longer than 180 days - just for the Expo. so the design of querkraft followed this ambition and in the end we created a pavilion that can be re-build in any other location, for a different use and thus offers the chance for a long usage. the smart climate engineering inspired by arabic wind-towers lowered the energy-need by 70% - all in all the pavilion is the result of a great collaboration of different parties with the same aim - creating an unique Expo-pavilion, long lasting and loved - an emotional and ecological sustainable pavilion.


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