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austria makes sense

the austrian pavilion offers space to enter into dialogue with the essential questions for a common and better future.  the pavilion poses one of the most important questions about the future and gives a possible answer:
careful and respectful use of our earthly resources.

emotional and ecological sustainability

a calm and sensual space is created through a network of 38 intersecting cones. the dialogue between local building traditions and intelligent austrian climate engineering is seen as an opportunity. It enables conventional air conditioning technology to be largely avoided, saving three quarters of the energy needed for a comparable building, and thus making a big contribution to the energy debate. through the careful use of local building materials, prefabrication and subsequent reuse of the pavilion, a sustainable attitude towards our throwaway society is demonstrated. the haptic structure of the clay plaster on the inside conveys natural comfort. the cone shapes easily develop an aesthetic between light and shadow that invites the visitor to linger and explore, contradicting the hectic environment of an expo. the energy requirement has been reduced by more than 70 percent compared to buildings of similar type and use. the querkraft pavilion thus makes an intercultural contribution to the energy debate and questions of climate-sensitive  building.


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size1.600 m2

austrian federal ministry of digital and economic affairs

austrian federal economic chamber

project managementwerner consult
general planningquerkraft architekten
project architectclemens russ

fabian kahr

guillermo alvarez

konrad brack

verena fessele

fraym hanna

elisabeth hofstetter

maja karska

felix zitter

team (competition)

stefanie meyer

tim stahlhut

exhibition design

büro wien

ars electronica solutions

visual identity

graphic design

climate engineeringingenieurbüro p.jung
landscape design

kieran fraser landscape design


structural engineering

werkraum ingenieure

wme engineering consultants

fire protectiondesign confidence
light designpokorny lichtarchitektur
accoustic engineeringdavid haigner
av/it engineeringwme engineering consultants
security engineeringwme engineering consultants
architect of recordswme engineering consultants
general contractornüssli group
cost managementvienna consulting engineers
kitchen planningsofia refrigeration
geologygeotechnik bauingenieure
visualizationpatricia bagienski
model building

modellwerkstatt gerhard stocker

design & function


andreas keller

day eid

kieran fraser

carmen egger

fabian kahr


frame award may - honorable mention

IDA international design award - silber in architecture category 'museum, exhibition, pavillons'

red dot award - winner - design concept 'architecture'

international architecture & design award 2022 - pop-ups and temporary architecture built - platinum winner

architizer A+award - architecture + sustainability catgory - jury winner

staatspreis design - destinction

the green good design award 2022 - winner

special venerated pavilion - destinction

urban design & architecture design award 2022 - gold winner

BIE architecture + landscape self built pavilions M - silver medal

austrian green planet building award 2022 - winner

exhibitor magazine's world expo award - best sustainable design

global architecture & design award 2021 - sustainable architecture

BLT built design award 2021 - sustainable & energy saving

german design award 2022 - excellent architecture: eco design

XAVER 2022 - best supplier services bronze winner