Austrian Pavilion, EXPO 2017


Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs, Vienna

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10th June – 10th September 2017


EXPO 2017 – Astana, Kazakhstan

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The Astana Expo 2017 titled “Future Energy”, was held in the capital city of Kazakhstan, and aimed to raise awareness for the future of sustainable energy using renewable resources.  

During this Expo, over a hundred countries presented exhibitions and pavilions under the united theme, creating awareness globally and inspiring nations to work collaboratively to solve crises of the future. Among these countries, the Austrian Pavilion featured a myriad of interactive installations, encouraging visitors to use their muscle power to produce energy. Developed by BWM Architekten, the unique and unconventional concept focused on the conservation of resources and sustainability with relation to human beings and the impact of their physical power.  


Main Theme  

The Austrian Pavilion at Expo Astana 2017 became a monumental representation of a playground, with its focal point being the “Power Machine”. Allowing visitors to freely explore and engage with powered devices and mechanisms and to generate energy through interactive games, the exhibit is an ode to Austria’s proactive role in developing alternative energy sources over the last few years.  

As a result of the country’s active role in sustainable energy research and alternative energy development, a third of Austria’s energy and two-thirds of its electricity can now be attributed to renewable sources. With Vienna, being one of the world’s top ten smart cities, with advanced smart solutions implemented in all aspects of their urban development, including energy efficiency and infrastructure, Austria has proven itself as one of the leaders in the efforts to build a sustainable future.  



Consisting of ten interactive stations, that engages its visitors to use endurance, strength, and dexterity to generate power and energy, the Austrian Pavilion created a massive impact on both children and adults alike. 

The entirety of the Austrian Pavilion at Expo Astana 2017 became an intuitive machine, brought to life by visitor’s entrance and their movements. For instance, the visitors were presented the opportunity to use a bicycle, which when pedalled, generated the energy required to display certain slides across the screens.  

Another interactive game demonstrated the amount of energy required to heat up a cup of tea or to watch television for a half hour. Overall, the pavilion was fitted out with multi-sensorial technology and concepts, to showcase through fun games, what energy really is, how nature provides it, and how we can conserve it. Since the very beginning of Expo Astana 2017, the Austrian Pavilion alone has hosted a footfall of 415 thousand visitors, proving its massive success in terms of the concept and the experience itself.  



BeWunder was commissioned by ADUNIC AG (Now known as NUSSLI) to deliver the Lighting and Lighting Design, Audio, Video, Technical support, Infrastructure design, and Event-IT scope for the duration of Astana Expo 2017.