austrian pavilion creates sensory forest for expo milano 2015
 
austrian pavilion creates sensory forest for expo milano 2015
sep 01, 2014

austrian pavilion creates sensory forest for expo milano 2015

austrian pavilion creates sensory forest for expo milano 2015
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to celebrate and promote clean air quality on the occasion of expo milano 2015, the breath.austria pavilion will be centered around a 560 square-meter forest. the project takes visitors on a sensory journey through a hilly and lushly vegetated landscape, which is surrounded by an elevated building housing supporting program for events and exhibitions. beyond its progression of diverse plant-life, the environment features transmitting ‘sound clouds’ and ‘smell stations’, which further engage human senses. the design is led by klaus k. loenhart of the graz-based landscape and urbanism studio terrain, with contribution by many additional scientists and engineers.

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a gravel pathway meanders between vegetated landscape and a surrounding building volume
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the pavilion’s aim is to highlight the immense significance of air in food and energy production, as well as celebrate austria’s high quality of air. by interfacing architecture and a planted landscape, the project promotes the increase of green spaces in urban environments, in order to provide oxygen-rich and cooled climates.

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the pavilion is composed of varying sensory conditions
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the plant-life of the replica austrian forest has a foliar surface, or evaporation area, of 43,200 square-meters. this results in a photosynthesis operation able to produce 62.5 kg of fresh oxygen per hour, enough for 1,800 people. the cooled micro-climate is complemented by passive building systems, with no use of air conditioning. a photovoltaic array generates the energy necessary for other exhibition functions.

austrian pavilion expo 2015 milano breathe terrain designboom

the scheme seeks to promote an interface between indoor and outdoor spaces
image © team.breathe.austria

austrian pavilion expo 2015 milano breathe terrain designboom

sound clouds and smell stations produce an engaged sensory journey
image © team.breathe.austria

austrian pavilion expo 2015 milano breathe terrain designboom

the pavilion promotes an increase of photosynthesis
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expo milano 2015 austrian pavilion breathe terrain designboom

exploded building diagram
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expo milano 2015 austrian pavilion breathe terrain designboom

longitudinal section
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expo milano 2015 austrian pavilion breathe terrain designboom

elevation
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project info:

 

location: milan, italy
site area: 2,000 sqm (of which only 50 percent may be built on)
forest area inside the pavilion: 560 sqm
budget: 12 million euros
contractor: ministry of economic affairs, family and youth, science and research + austrian chambers of economy
commissioner general: josef pröll
project director: rudolf ruzicka
supporting program: events for particular groups in the fields of the economy, tourism, culture, and youth
pavilion design: terrain : landscape urbanism / klaus k. loenhart
design collaborators: markus jeschaunig (agency in biosphere), karlheinz boiger (hohensinn architektur), andreas goritschnig and bernhard könig (graz university of technology, institute for architecture and landscape / landlab), anna resch and lisa maria enzenhofer (lendlabor)
exhibition concept: maren richter
climate design: transsolar energietechnik, wolfgang kessling
vegetation technology: bernhard scharf, BOKU, institute of soil bioengineering and landscape construction / IBLB
structure: engelsmann peters beratende ingenieure, stefan peters

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