The Austrian Pavilion

The Austrian Pavilion

Architect
Arkan Zeytinoglu Architects

Span
Project Year
2010
Category
Pavilions
Christian Roider

Austrian Pavilion

Arkan Zeytinoglu Architects as Architects

A biomorphic volume covered with a shimmering porcelain skin: the presentation of the Austrian Pavilion at the 2010 World Exposition. “The architecture for the project is based on the ideas of continuity, seamless surfaces and smooth transitions between spaces — a concept that is geared to develop a continuous flow within the pavilion while providing a subtle blending between the outside and the inside” (Matias del Campo, SPAN). The gradient transition of colour on the façade, the design of the bar and the consoles as well as details, such as the cladding of the ceiling spotlights, apply this concept in a rigorous way.


The topology of sound

The main driving force behind the design of the Austrian Pavilion for the EXPO in Shanghai 2010 can be described as acoustic forces, or, more accurately, as music. Music as a concept that reflects continuity in terms of architectural articulation and that seamlessly connects the various spaces within the program. The sonic conditions within the space are made manifest in the architecture of the pavilion, which resonates to the rhythm of the Video Jockey’s (VJs) performance – the conductor of the atmospheres within the main space.


The rich history of Austrian musical tradition makes it possible to create a performance program ranging from Baroque Music, to the classical area, to the modern age, to contemporary acts. The space unfurls from within the topological body, from the main space, the audience chamber, to the exterior epidermis. This process creates pockets, “poches”, which include the rest of the program, such as Shop, Restaurant, Office, VIP Area and so forth. Each of these programmatic areas includes qualities connoted with the quality of living within Austrian conurbations: Music, culture, culinary expertise, city-scapes, opulent landscapes and lavish greenery.

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