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Austrian Pavilion

In an age in which information is ubiquitous, it’s easy to find quick answers. The difficult part, however, is asking the right questions.

The Austrian pavilion “Austria makes sense” offers the necessary space to enter into dialogue with the most important questions about a shared and brighter future.

A special area, the iLab will show forward-looking solutions from Austria.

"The winning project by querkraft architekten stands out because of its distinctive architectural qualities, both in terms of its exterior appearance and in terms of the possibilities for interior design. The deliberate sensual character of the architecture creates attractive possibilities for interdisciplinary cooperation with artists and designers from other disciplines."
Excerpt from the jury statement
  • So how does the pavilion look?
    • The Austrian pavilion is made from interlaced cones, plastered with loam rendering. The truncated cones are cut off at different heights, creating openings for light in varying sizes, which results in an impactful experience of the space. The Austrian pavilion brings the advantages of the combination of traditional and state-of-the-art building knowhow to life: pollutant-free, pleasant room climate, striking lighting ambiance, and spectacular and multifaceted room sequences.  
  • What is there to see and do in the pavilion?
    • During the tour, the visitors are presented with challenging questions. The questions introduce complex topics that are addressed by Austrian thought leaders, change-makers, and hidden champions and reflect on Austrian success stories. In this way, Austria is presented as a country with surprisingly strong and multifaceted innovative strength that will leave a lasting impression on the visitors. 
  • What is there to eat?
    • Culinary delicacies from Austria, particularly desserts – with coffee, of course – are a favourite not only in the Arab world but with visitors from all over the globe, and they share a special association with Austria. An upscale “Viennese coffee house” in the centre of the pavilion builds on the idea of dialogue and the exchange of ideas, inviting visitors to linger.

      Students from a school for tourism will provide the service in the catering area, providing an example that highlights Austria’s trailblazing role in the areas of dual vocational training and vocational education for skilled workers.
  • What does iLab stand for?
    • Our iLab is a place for in-depth discussion and reflection. The iLab stands for innovation, inspiration, information, ideas, interaction and more, To underpin the thematic variety, our iLab is used for temporary exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and even installations and experiments that provide a meaningful contribution to the high quality of Austria’s diversity. Here, research institutes, institutions, universities, and other organisations are offered an additional platform for presenting their ideas, innovations and solutions.
  • What does the pavilion offer to Austrian companies?
    • A VIP area is available for Austrian companies and delegations to hold their own events, to exchange ideas with guests such as specialists, partners, and stakeholders in a relaxed atmosphere. The VIP area can be used in a variety of ways and offers a venue for receptions, information events, networking events, company presentations, concluding an incentive trip, and more. If you are interested, please contact our team at
  • Who came up with the idea for the pavilion?
    • An interdisciplinary jury of experts recommended the project “Austria makes sense” under the direction of querkraft architekten.

      • General planners: querkraft architekten
      • Curatorial team: büro wien, Ars Electronica Solutions
      • Graphics: Bleed Vienna – Astrid Feldner + Marc Damm
      • Project management and TGA: VCE – Vienna Consulting Engineers – Christian Nüssel
      • Statics: Werkraum Wien – Peter Resch
      • Building physics: IPJ – Ingenieursbüro P.Jung – Peter Holzer
      • Green space: Green4Cities – Lisa Enzerhofer + Bernhard König
      • Model: Gerhard Stocker Modellwerkstatt
      • Visualisation: Patricia Bagienski
      • Landscape design: Kieran Fraser Landscape Design e.U.
      • Light design: Pokorny Lichtarchitektur

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