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Austrian pavilion at Expo 2010 by Span and Zeytinoglu

Shanghai Expo 2010: Vienna practices Span and Zeytinoglu have won a competition to design the Austrian pavilion for Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China. 


The pavilion will present Austrian music, ranging from the baroque period to contemporary VJ performances.


"The embodiment of the sonic conditions within the space manifest the architecture of the pavilion," say Matias del Campo and Sandra Manninger of Span.


Here's some more information from the architects:



A jury of nine members today announced that SPAN (Matias del Campo & Sandra Manninger) & Zeytinoglu, Vienna, won the architectural competition for the design of the Austrian Pavilion at the EXPO Shanghai 2010


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 that seamlessly connects the various spaces within the program. The embodiment of the sonic conditions within the space manifest the architecture of the pavilion, which resonates to the rhythm of the Video Jockeys (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 reaching from Baroque Music, to the classic 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, pochés that include the rest of the program such as Shop, Restaurant, Office, and the VIP Area. Each one of those programmatic areas includes qualities co notated with the quality of living within Austrian conurbations: Music, Culture, Culinary expertise, urban textures, opulent landscapes and lavish foliages.“ (SPAN)


Vienna based Architecture Firm SPAN, headed by Matias del Campo and Sandra Manninger, is driven by a compulsive desire to speculate about architectural opportunities in the presence of animated matter, organic entities and their underlying geometrical and mathematical presence. Their award winning architecture designs are informed by specific sources within the fields of mathematics, geometry, botany, biology and life sciences. The manifold inspirations are fused into projects applying the most advanced digital design tools and casted into form by computer controlled machinery, making SPAN one of the most innovative architecture practices. Their activities include Architecture Design, exhibitions and lectures as well as teaching in various countries and institutions, such as the University of Applied Arts Vienna, the Bauhaus Dessau and the ESARQ in Barcelona.


Zeytinoglu Architects:
After having won the competition for a new courthouse in Graz, Arkan Zeytinoglu opened his studios in Vienna and Klagenfurt in 1995. Today, the headquarter in Vienna, consisting of 15 staff members, does not only provide architectural and interior design services, but also covers environmental development and acts as general contractor for both private and governmental investors. The variety of national and international projects realised during the past years ranges from office buildings to private housing, hotels and restaurants, with a special focus on hotel design.


The jury that selected the winning design was comprised of the following members:

Prof. Will Alsop – (SMC Alsop),
Dietmar Steiner – Director Architecture Center Vienna (AZ W)
Bettina Götz – architect, Artec, Vienna
Christian Knechtl – architect, Knechtl Studio, Vienna
Dr. Thomas Angyan – Director Wiener Musikverein.
Peter Rantasa – Mica, Vienna
Mag. Gudrun Hager – WKÖ
Prof. Richard Trappl – Confucius Institute, University Vienna
Mag. Gabriele Tschürtz - BMWFJ

Customer: BMWFJ und WKO
Management: EXPO Office Austria

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