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- 2015 EXPO: “Feeding the Planet. Energy for Life”
- Austrian Pavilion at EXPO 2015
- Brief: Expo 2015's has been hosted by Milan, Italy. It's theme was "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life", encompassing technology, innovation, culture, traditions and creativity and how they relate to food and diet and attracted 145 participants. In 2013, Austrian govermant drafted an open international competion for the EXPO2015:ÖSTERREICH pavilion design. Y desing proposal has been amounth a few shortlisted in stage 1. From reasond behond Y desing control we were unable to submit our proposal for the second stage. Project description: HARVEST FESTIVAL The proposed pavilion theme presents harvest celebrations as a reminder that the environment around us is the best source of food and should be respected, nurtured and celebrated, as it was for centuries. The building will present Austrian agricultural traditions, like the Erntedankfest, wine and forest festivals, the Almabrtieb, Austrian organic food and wine production, and the many rich and longstanding traditions connected with food and farming throughout the country. For centuries people around the world celebrated harvest time in many forms, it was an integral and natural part of the cycle of their lives. Nowadays, food is often viewed as a product on a supermarket shelf and judged on ingredients and wrapping, not on the source of origin. Technology and mass production have made our lives easier, but have also weakened the, once direct, link between the environment and the plate. The pavilion itself will house a festival of joy and hope, a sensory experience bringing us back to our agrarian roots. It will also become a place of meaningful and engaging education where directions for future development are mapped out. THE SYMBOL OF THE WHEAT SHEAF The wheat sheaf – a symbol of strength, unity, life, fertility and essential nutrients is the inspiration for the building form. The sheaf signifies abundance, closeness to the earth and her resources. It also stands for strength and power, because bound together, the wheat strands are strong and resilient. The themes of fertility and unity send a clear message of the need for cooperation in the fight to address the great imbalance in access to food supplies around the world 100% ORGANIC The organic form of the pavilion is achieved by using “organic” materials and an “organic” method of construction. The proposal seeks to minimise the overall environmental impact, the carbon footprint and energy consumption of the building. Acknowledging that the pavilion is a temporary structure, the focus has been placed on three main principles: passive design, maximum use of environmentally friendly, low CO2 and recyclable materials and minimum energy consumption in use. The structural concept is based on a series of primary timber frame ribs. The external skin is created from stretched natural fibre ropes which provide shade for the exhibition rooms and open spaces within. The individual exhibition room pods are covered with soft textile fabric and filled with recycled blue denim insulation. Emerging Dublin Architects Shortlisted for the Austrian Pavilion at ...