Competition project for the Austrian pavilion at the EXPO 2017 in Astana/Kazakhstan

Interactive, muscle-driven stations are installed in an expansive, two-storey structure. The visitors are both participants and observers; their muscular energy is used to bring the pavilion to life. They are encouraged to be both sensitive and sensible: surprising poetical, funny or sonorous machines can be operated by the visitors, who then receive typical Austrian energy foods such as a Mozartkugel or Mannerschnitte as a reward for their efforts. This is the Austrian pavilion’s interpretation of the Expo’s general theme of “Future Energy” – with an homage to the human yardstick.

Link to Austrian Chamber of Commerce

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June 2017


Wirtschaftskammer Österreich

BWM team

Competition: Anke Stern, Birgit Eschenlor


Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW)
Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKO)
EXPO Office of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (Rudolf Ruzicka, Helmut Döller)

Project management
Werner Consult Ziviltechnikergmbh (Maria Wladika, Axel Turian)

BWM Architekten (Johann Moser)
Julia Landsiedl Strategic Design & Storytelling
Perndl+Co (Gerhard Bauer)
Assocreation (Roland Graf)
Koerdt Utech GnbR (Sanja Utech, Irina Koerdt) breadedEscalope

BWM Architekten
(Johann Moser, Anke Stern, Jan Enzlberger, Stephan Mandl, Emanuel Gollob, Koerdt Utech GnbR)

Perndl+Co (Gerhard Bauer, Markus Göbl)

BWM Architekten (general planner)
LLPRA “Astana-Zharnama” (local architect)
Bubeleichhorn ZT GmbH (call for bids, awarding of contracts)
iPG GmbH Herzner u. Schröder (domestic engineering)
fourth minute lighting design gmbh (lighting design) Hamp-Armbruster Bauphysik OG (acoustic design)

Scientific research + texts
Christina Nägele

Tino Schulter WerbegmbH

Austrian Innovators photo series
Florian Rainer

Interactive exhibits
Josef Baier (pneumatic objects)
Emanuel Gollob (mechanical selfie station)
Dominikus Guggenberger (ring of light generator, ergometer)
Mit Loidl oder Co. (Austria wheel, wind rider, Austrian bike tour) Winter Artservice (waterfall, monkey lights, windmills)
7reasons (Austrian bike tour – media control)
Zone Media GmbH (Austrian bike tour – film)

Exhibition construction:
ADUNIC AG (exhibition construction, logistics, maintenance, general contractor)

Photo credits:
© artworkcompany - alexander kamel
© Emanuel Gollob
© BWM Architekten