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Jakob Dunkl

Founder, Owner, CEO | querkraft architects (Austria)


Jakob Dunkl, born in 1963, is one of the founders and owners of querkraft architekten. Together with Peter Sapp and Gerd Erhartt, he has been searching for unconventional solutions to give people room to develop since 1998. Poetic pragmatism is the phrase that probably best describes the aspirations of the Viennese architecture firm. In addition to various teaching activities and speaker functions in the field of building culture, Jakob Dunkl and his partners have received numerous prizes and awards, such as state prizes or the City of Vienna Prize for Architecture.


The querkraft team of about 45 people works primarily in areas such as residential construction, cultural and educational buildings, office and industrial buildings.


EXPO Pavilion in Dubai, UAE (2021)

The Austrian Expo-Pavilion gives an important answer about the future: respectful use of earthly resources.  A sensual space is created through a network of 38 intersecting cones. the cone shapes easily develop an aesthetic between light and shadow that invites the visitor to explore.

The dialogue between local building traditions and intelligent Austrian climate engineering is seen as an opportunity. Three quarters of the energy needed for a comparable building can be saved by this measurements. Designed by a puzzle-system the cones could be re-built after the EXPO in Dubai at another site for different use.

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