"The Austrian pavilion connects the seemingly incompatible: technology and natural diversity." This description by Josef Pröll, Commissioner General of the Pavilion, synthesizes the innovation and ambition of the Austrian Pavilion.

The theme "Breathe Austria": An innovative way of addressing nutrition

The pavilion of Austria focuses on the most fundamental and universal source of food: Air. "Air, climate and atmosphere connect every organism on Earth, which means nutrition is directly related to climatic conditions." explains Josef Pröll. With this theme, Austria will insist on the importance of air purity in the production of safe and healthy food.

"Breathe Austria", literally

The Pavilion, designed by Terrain, BDA, Graz – Klaus K. Loenhart, aims at recreating in a 1.910 square meter site the purity of the Austrian air and lushness of its forests, thus inviting the visitor into a unique ecosystem. Once inside the pavilion, visitors will instantly sense and experience the difference from the hot Italian summer. According to Mr. Pröll, the pavilion "will offer a place of calm, of sensual pleasure and inspiration for visitors".

The pavilion: an air factory

The pavilion will work as a sort of photosynthesis device. It will not consume but produce oxygen. The building will create a frame around a vegetation zone. The framed structure will generate, without air conditioning, the microclimatic conditions of the Austrian forest. The trees and vegetation inside it will amount to a total leaf -and evaporation- surface of about 43, 200 square meters thus allowing the production of oxygen for 1.800 people per hour.

When technology serves biodiversity

The pavilion represents Austria's innovative mind-set in addressing global challenges. "The pavilion is a prototype that incorporates Austrian problem-solving skills and ability to bring together experts from various fields (architects, artists, engineers, scientists, business leaders etc.). The spectrum of innovations ranges from innovative solar and vegetation technology, climate and sound design to experimental forest cuisine, with delicious fresh oxygen. The oxygen- and climate-producing centre demonstrates there could be a wider role for technology in direct dialogue with nature." explains Josef Pröll.

Showcase Austria as a great innovative force

With its pavilion, Austria intends to present itself as an attractive place to live, due to its attention towards sustainable development and high innovation standards. Josef Pröll concludes: "The aim is to show that Austria is a great innovative force behind new environmental concepts and has the courage to break new ground. We hope visitors will experience Austria as a country of culture and technology, a place of the 21st century."

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