Austria Pavilion Expo 2015 by Team.Breathe.Austria

Austria Pavilion

Austria PavilionWith breathe Austria is making an incisive contribution to the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” at the Expo Milan 2015. breathe highlights the No.1 source of nourishment and one of the most important resources for an international audience: AIR. Architecture, Nature, Culture and Research are brought together to offer the visitor a personal experience.
Austria PavilionThe outstanding quality of Austria’s air is not just one of the country’s most important assets and extremely high in an international comparison; air, the climate and the atmosphere are shared by the entire world. They are sources of nourishment, information media, energy producers and a resource.
Austria PavilionThe breathe contribution of the Austrian pavilion places the focus firmly on the country’s natural and technological expertise and at the same time tackles future issues relating to the use of this key resource. An Austrian forest planted on the Expo site makes a statement that can be experienced with all the senses in the former industrial district to the north west of Milan.
Austria PavilionThe pavilion forms a frame around a generous vegetation zone and acts as a vessel for the performance of the indoor landscape. With technical support (but without air-conditioning) the framed form actively generates the micro-climatic conditions of an Austrian forest. Where light enters the built structure, there is growth and ecological metabolism.
Austria PavilionThe vegetation of the miniature forest has a foliar surface or evaporation area of approx. 43,200 m² and produces 62.5 kg fresh oxygen per hour – enough for 1,800 people – a “photo-synthesis collector”, which contributes to the global production of oxygen. Inside the pavilion this effect is technically supported by evaporative cooling – but without air-conditioning systems.
Austria PavilionThis replicates an atmosphere that feels like a thick forest in Austria with comparatively natural means using the cooling effect of the evapo-transpiration of the plants. The result that is achieved differs significantly on a number of sensory levels from the air and climate in Milan and can thus actually be felt by visitors.
Austria PavilionThe planting of trees over the entire exhibition area is an exemplary contribution to action in an urban setting, as the integrated use of a landscape can supply urban areas with sufficient oxygen and cooling air, which in turn provides an opportunity to draw attention to Austria’s policy of sustainable reforestation or conversely to the decline in the global tree population.
Austria PavilionLocation: Milan, Italy
Project: team.breathe.austria, terrain
Cooperation: Agency in Biosphere, Graz – Markus Jeschaunig, Hohensinn Architektur, Graz – Karlheinz Boiger, Graz University of Technology  Institute for Architecture and Landscape / LandLab – Andreas Goritschnig and Bernhard König, Lendlabor, Graz – Anna Resch and Lisa Maria Enzenhofer
Exhibition concept: Maren Richter, Linz
Climate Design: Transsolar Energietechnik, Munich–Wolfgang Kessling Vegetation Technology: Bernhard Scharf, Vienna
Structure: Engelsmann Peters Beratende Ingenieure, Graz / Stuttgart Stefan Peters
Year: 2013
Client: Expo 2015 Austria
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