Austria completes stage one of expo pavilion

11 March 2020
The first of the 38 concrete cones forming the pavilion structure has been installed

Austria has recently completed the first stage of construction for its pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.

A cone with a diameter of seven metres at the base now stretches up toward the sky, and 37 more cones – which together will form the pavilion ensemble – will be built on the 2,400 square-metre site over the next two months.

The cones will be cut off at different heights ranging from six to 15 metres and interlaced with one another. 

Each cone is made up of concrete elements that will be precast in Dubai. They will be transported to the construction site by truck and assembled on-site using couplers.

The individual elements will be removed after the pavilion has served its purpose and will be used to create a new building at a different location on the Arabian Peninsula after the expo.

Based on the theme 'Every Good Idea Begins with the Right Question', the pavilion is located in the Opportunity district. The foundation stone was laid on 13 November 2019. The concept and design of the pavilion was put together by Viennese architecture firm Querkraft

A total of 100 Austrian companies will be present at Expo 2020 Dubai, including firms located in iLab (an innovation space within the pavilion area), as well as equipment providers and companies responsible for design and execution of the pavilion.

Austria’s participation at the expo is funded by the Federal Ministry for Digital & Economic Affairs (BMDW) and the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKÖ). The overall budget, including the cost of the pavilion, is €16.48m (AED66.5m). BMDW will fund 75 per cent of this, while the remainder will be bankrolled by WKO.

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