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Athletic Achievements - The Austria House in Pyeongchang


Losberger De Boer built the mobile event grounds for the 2018 Winter Games. The VIP lounge consisted of the Palas with nearly 1,000 m² on two floors.


The containers holding the parts for the “Austria House” were in transit on the high seas for six weeks before they finally arrived in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in early December. They were received by a team of three Losberger De Boer supervisors, ten Austrian construction workers and a talented organiser to translate. Under the most difficult of conditions – South Korea was experiencing the coldest winter in 30 years, with temperatures of -26 degrees Celsius – Losberger De Boer's experts on temporary structures built the Austria House by the agreed deadline.


VIP lounge, TV studio & catering area

The temporary village consisted of a VIP lounge, the ORF TV studio as well as a kitchen and catering tent. Right on time for the start of the Winter Games on 09 February 2018, everything was in place in the Austria House. Olympic Austria GmbH’s (ÖOC) VIP guests were able to watch the competition LIVE and on the spot, and could talk in person while enjoying culinary delicacies – you can't get more “live communication” than that. And the Austrians at home received all information, results and background reports live from the on-site ORF studio.


Double Olympic feeling

In cooperation with Austrian firm TR!O GmbH, Losberger De Boer built the mobile event grounds for the 2018 Winter Games on behalf of Olympic Austria GmbH (ÖOC). The VIP lounge consisted of the Palas, with a ground floor spanning 500 m² and a second floor of 475 m². Everything was completely soundproofed with horizontal wall and glass elements and equipped with a surrounding roof parapet. The two-floor ORF studio also received a surrounding roof parapet, full sound isolation and horizontal wall elements.


Mobile TV studio for ORF

The TR!O team provided studio windows that were perfectly tailored to the needs of a TV broadcaster. The TV studio had a surface area of 100 m² on both floors and was connected to the VIP lounge. The kitchen and catering tent were each located in a Losberger De Boer uniflex, with surface areas of 100 and 150 m² respectively, as well as vertical cassette walls. Both tent halls were directly connected to the main building, allowing the guests to be taken care of without any delay. All of the structures were equipped with the cassette flooring system and contained three stairways.


Once across the ocean and back

With a transport volume of eleven 40-foot HC containers, the Austria House was transported from Germany straight across the ocean to South Korea. Loading began on 09 October. The last container began its big voyage on 16 October, with the first containers arriving in Pyeongchang at the end of November. On-site assembly began on 01 December, lasting a good three weeks. The entire complex was delivered to the customer on 22 December. Despite icy temperatures, the construction of the overall complex proceeded seamlessly. The assembly team even finished two days before the planned delivery. The village will begin being dismantled on 20 March, and on 10 April at the latest, there will be no trace in Pyeongchang of the Austria House ever having stood on this spot. The last container is expected back in Fürfeld in June.


Construction in pictures and sound

This short clip shows how the Austria House 2018 became an impressive event location at the Pyeongchang Winter Games step by step: