• Prize
    Jury's Favorite in Architectural Design - Sustainable & Energy Saving
  • Company/Firm
    querkraft architects
  • Lead Designer
    querkraft architects
  • Design Team
    dunkl, erhartt, sapp, russ, kahr
  • Architect
    querkraft architects ZT GMBH
  • Interior Designer
  • Const. Company
    Nüssli Group
  • Location
  • Project Date
  • Project Link

„Connecting minds, Creating the Future“ - the slogan of the EXPO in Dubai. The Austrian pavilion offers space to enter into a multicultural dialogue on questions of a sustainable future. “Austria makes sense” is the slogan to present Austria in a sensual + sustainable way.
The pavilion designed by querkraft architects is inspired by historical wind towers and climate-regulating properties of Arab clay architecture. Re-interpreting these building traditions, 38 intersecting cones of different heights form the iconic shape of the Austrian EXPO pavilion. Arranged around 3 green courtyards, exciting and unique room sequences with different atmospheres are created in- and outside. With it’s haptic clay plaster surfaces, the canopy of leaves rustling in the wind over the open cones and the omnipresent interplay of light & shadow, the building appeals to all senses.
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. The energy requirement has been reduced by more than 70 percent compared to buildings of similar type.

The Vienna-based architecture office querkraft was founded in 1998. The mission statement formulated by querkraft is “giving people space”, which expresses a constant striving for generosity in the field of spatial design and for the kind of freedom that facilitates users’ personal development. In the area of housing, in particular, querkraft has realised many projects that embody this philosophy of poetic pragmatism.

Other prizes
european property award fiabci world award gebaut 2022 frame award london international creative comepetition 2022 IDA internationl design award BLT build design award the plan award bauherrenpreis 2022 architizer A+award