This proposal by architects Bence Pap and Mario Gasser of Studio Greg Lynn / University of Applied Arts Vienna has been ranked fourth in an international competition for the Austrian Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo. Inspired by the Expo’s theme, “We feed the World – Energy for Life,” the pavilion aims to highlight Austria’s rich culture of craft and agriculture by offering a two-story experience that exhibits goods unique to the country.
From the architect: Our proposal is driven by a conceptual approach of highlighting the local cultural and craft diversity within Austrian regions, and how these expertise in conjunction with Austria’s diverse topography have produced a broad variety within the cultivation of agricultural crops and goods. We understand the architectural proposal to this proposition as an ark, carrying a library of diverse Austrian goods, locally produced with a sustainable philosophy.
The pavilion is organized as a two story building executed with a steel frame construction. The massing is articulated as a pair of elongated volumes, opening up in the front with a gesture of invitation, and developing into an internalized fold of the ground within the building granting visitors access to the main exhibition level at first floor, and leaving the ground floor with amenities and admin functions with an articulated folded ceiling along the main axis of circulation.
Competition: Austrian Pavilion (Milan Expo 2015)
Award: Fourth Place
Architects: Bence Pap, Mario Gasser
Client: EXPO-Agency of the Economic Ministry, Austria
Structural Engineer: Bollinger & Grohmann, Vienna
Landscape Architects: Roland Barthofer Landscape Architects
Curatorial Consultant: Edek Bartz
Photographs: Bence Pap | Mario Gasser