18.05.2015  | Züblin Holzingenieurbau

Austria chooses timber construction from MERK Timber for its EXPO pavilion

The Austrian Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 is drawing the crowds. Some 57,000 people visited the pavilion during its first weekend after opening to explore the forest landscape in its interior.

Stuttgart, 18 May 2015 Züblin’s Stuttgart-based timber construction division, represented by its subsidiary MERK Timber GmbH of Aichach, made a substantial contribution to the construction of the pavilion by providing the full timber-framed structure. The company produced and delivered the components and assembled them on site.

The pavilion, hosting its interpretation of the Expo theme ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’, was built using a total of 267m³ of Leno cross-laminated timber (CLT) and 114m³ of glued laminated timber (GLT). MERK Timber’s experience in the production of timber construction elements and the realisation of timber buildings paid off: The concept foresaw combining building and environment under the motto ‘breathe.austria’ into an Expo presentation that focused on air as the number one food and as one of the planet’s most important natural resources. But before ‘breathe.austria’ could be presented to the public, the timber construction specialists had a few challenges to work out. The lead time was short, with assembly beginning just four weeks after contract signing. There also was not a lot of room to work, as many different trades were present on the construction site at the same time and the work took place in the middle of winter.

Unimpressed by the difficulties, the timber construction team succeeded in completing a building which managed to properly realise the designs of the architects from team.breathe.austria for the Austrian pavilion as planned.