Austria Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai - Photo by © Andreas Keller Fotografie, courtesy of Querkraft.

Austria Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai – Photos by © Andreas Keller Fotografie, courtesy of Querkraft.

Architecture – ‘Austria makes sense’ is the ambiguous slogan of the Austria Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. Inspired by historical wind towers and climate-regulating properties of traditional Arab clay architecture, Querkraft has created a multi-sensorial building composed of 38 intersecting cones of different heights.

Austria Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai - Photo by © Andreas Keller Fotografie, courtesy of Querkraft.

The Austria Pavilion is arranged around three green courtyards with a water mist system that contributes to regulating the climate naturally. Unique room sequences with different atmospheres are created inside and outside. With its tactile surfaces made of clay, the canopy of leaves rustling in the wind over the open cones and the omnipresent interplay of light and shadow, the building itself appeals to all senses.

Austria Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai - Photo by © Andreas Keller Fotografie, courtesy of Querkraft.

In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the EXPO business, visitors to the Austrian Pavilion will find a place to slow down and relax with pleasant climate, daylight and references to nature.” Explain at Querkraft. With this project, the studio aimed to “make an intercultural contribution to the energy debate and questions of climate-sensitive building.”

Austria Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai - Photo by © Andreas Keller Fotografie, courtesy of Querkraft.

The interplay of local building tradition and intelligent climate engineering from Austria makes it possible to largely dispense with conventional air conditioning technology, even in this hot desert climate.”

Austria Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai - Photo by © Andreas Keller Fotografie, courtesy of Querkraft.

Thanks to clever planning and clay cladding, the construction method used natural processes to control the temperature of the rooms. During the night, the concrete and clay walls absorb the coolness and release it into the interior during the day. As a result, the energy requirement has been reduced by more than 70% compared to buildings of similar type and use.

Austria Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai - Photo by © Andreas Keller Fotografie, courtesy of Querkraft.

The exhibition design staged by Büro Wien, Ars Electronica Solutions and design agency Bleed showcases the country’s culture and technical innovations with understandable imagery and media art installations.

Austria Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai - Photo by © Andreas Keller Fotografie, courtesy of Querkraft.

The pavilion was conceived with the economical use of resources in mind by using eight different types of precast elements. After the Expo, the cones will be dismantled into their individual parts and reassembled in a new location in the Arab world.

Austria Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai - Photo by © Andreas Keller Fotografie, courtesy of Querkraft.

All photos by © Andreas Keller Fotografie, courtesy of Querkraft.

Austria Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai - Photo by © Andreas Keller Fotografie, courtesy of Querkraft.

Austria Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai - Photo by © Andreas Keller Fotografie, courtesy of Querkraft.