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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.
Pavilion typeSelf-Built Pavilion
ThemeIn dialogue with Austria
ThemeAustria - With brain, heart, and muscle power
National Day14 Jun 2017
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.
AwardGold - "Interior and Exhibition Design" category - pavilions smaller than 2,000m²
National Day26 Jun 2015
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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."
ThemeAustrian - Feel the Harmony
Architect(s)SPAN and Zeytinoglu Architects
National Day21 May 2010
Theme'Pure Austria' Shows Austria as It Is
National Day19 Jul 2008
ThemeThe Art of Living
LocationGlobal Common 4
National Day27 Apr 2005
ThemeAustria - Country of 'life art'
National Day17 Jun 2000