Osaka Expo 2025 Australian Pavilion Concept Design Unveiled

(Melbourne) – Officials unveiled the concept design for the Australian Pavilion at Expo 2025 in Osaka at the opening of the 60th Australia-Japan Business Partnership Conference on October 8. Australia’s Minister for Trade and Tourism, Senator the Hon Don Farrell, made the presentation. Yasutoshi Nishimura, Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and Nancy Gordon, Executive Director and Commissioner General for Australia, Osaka Expo Taskforce also attended the ceremony, along with Nikken Sekkei Chairman Tadao Kamei and Buchan CEO Stephen Auld.

As Lead Design Consultant of the Australian Pavilion project and a Nikken Sekkei strategic alliance partner since 2015, Buchan worked with Nikken Sekkei’s architects and engineers on the delivery of the design concept, which celebrates Australia and reflects the Australian Expo theme of “Chasing the Sun”.
The pavilion's form is an abstraction of the eucalyptus gumnut. The ubiquitous eucalyptus tree, with its myriad shapes and colors, was selected as symbolic of the diversity and resilience of the Australian people.

Nikken team leader Hiroshi Miyakawa praised the cooperative effort between his firm, and Buchan, and other consultants on the project for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
“Buchan’s design showcases contemporary Australia and offers elements of fun that are sure to intrigue pavilion visitors,” Miyakawa added. “We feel honored to being part of the team to help support the programming and cultural and social imperatives of Australia's Expo participation.”

Rendering: FloodSlicer
(Photos: Nikken Sekkei)

・Project: Australia Pavilion, Expo 2025
・Location: Osaka, Japan
・Client: Australian Government, Represented by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
・Lead Designer/ Architect: Buchan
・Local Architect, structural and building services consulting engineers, Japan: Nikken Sekkei
・Other Project Consultants:
  McGregor Coxall – Landscape Architect
  Karrda Pty Ltd – Indigenous Cultural Advisor
・ Initial Concept Consultants:
  AECOM – Engineering 
  MGAC – DDA/ Access
  Dr Chetana Andary – Exhibition Content Curator, Australia
  Tanseisha Co. Ltd – Local Exhibition Design (Japan) 


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