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Austria has had a presence in Expos as early as the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London. In 1873, a World Expo was organised in Vienna, attracting over 7 million visitors and showcasing the works of 35 countries. Austria joined the BIE in 1947 and has continued to be an active participant in International Expos, with Horticultural Expos being hosted in Vienna in both 1964 and 1974.

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Pavilion type
Self-Built Pavilion
Theme
Austria Makes Sense
Architect(s)
querkraft
Size (m2)
2,418
Location
Opportunity
Award
Silver – Architecture & Landscape – pavilions between 1,750m2 and 2,500m2
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Theme
Austria - With brain, heart, and muscle power
Size (m2)
858.70
National Day
14/06/2017
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The Austrian pavilion tackled the Future Energy theme in an unconventional way, presenting Austria as an innovative and creative country. The pavilion allowed visitors to use their own brain, heart and muscle power to create energy, thus engaging with the theme while offering a fun and interactive experience.

Pavilion type
Self-Built Pavilion
Theme
breathe.austria
Architect(s)
team.breathe.austria
Size (m2)
1,910
Award
Gold - "Interior and Exhibition Design" category - pavilions smaller than 2,000m²
National Day
26/06/2015
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The Austrian pavilion presented the links between producers, retailers, and consumers. The Commissioner General of the Pavilion, Josef Pröll, stated that "The Austrian pavilion connected the seemingly incompatible: technology and natural diversity."

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

The pavilion of Austria focused 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 insisted 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, aimed 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 instantly sensed and experienced the difference from the hot Italian summer. According to Mr. Pröll, the pavilion "offered a place of calm, of sensual pleasure and inspiration for visitors".

The pavilion: an air factory

The pavilion worked as a sort of photosynthesis device. It did not consume but produced oxygen. The building created a frame around a vegetation zone. The framed structure generated, without air conditioning, the microclimatic conditions of the Austrian forest. The trees and vegetation inside it amounted to a total leaf -and evaporation- surface of about 43,200 m2 thus allowing the production of oxygen for 1,800 people per hour.

When technology serves biodiversity

The pavilion represented Austria's innovative mindset in addressing global challenges. "The pavilion was a prototype that incorporated Austrian problem-solving skills and ability to bring together experts from various fields (architects, artists, engineers, scientists, business leaders etc.). The spectrum of innovations ranged from innovative solar and vegetation technology, climate and sound design to experimental forest cuisine, with delicious fresh oxygen. The oxygen- and climate-producing centre demonstrated 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 intended 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 was to show that Austria is a great innovative force behind new environmental concepts and has the courage to break new ground. We hope visitors experienced Austria as a country of culture and technology, a place of the 21st century."

Pavilion type
Self-Built Pavilion
Theme
Austrian - Feel the Harmony
Architect(s)
SPAN and Zeytinoglu Architects
Size (m2)
2,000
Location
Zone C
National Day
21/05/2010
Theme
'Pure Austria' Shows Austria as It Is
Size (m2)
560
Location
Pabellón Montañas
National Day
19/07/2008
Theme
The Art of Living
Size (m2)
648
Location
Global Common 4
National Day
27/04/2005
Pavilion type
Self-Built Pavilion
Theme
Austria - Country of 'life art'
Size (m2)
4,000
Location
Hall 14
National Day
17/06/2000

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