Buchan named lead designer for Australian Pavilion at Expo 2025 Osaka

Nov 3, 2022
  • Article by Clémence Carayol

Architecture design firm Buchan will lead the design for the Australian Pavilion at Expo 2025 in Osaka.

Pictured left to right: Long Tran, Dong Uong (Creative Lead), Court Harlow, Harriet O’Reilly, Patrick Shirley, Crispin Schurr, Rafe Delaney, Nataly Ernst (Lead Architect + Project Lead), Rob Baxter. Photography by Kishan Dhameliya 

Buchan will partner with Japanese architectural and urban design firm Nikken Sekkei to deliver the project in Osaka. The two firms have enjoyed a long-standing relationship, collaborating on many successful projects over the last decade.

Pictured top to bottom: Rob Baxter, Harriet O’Reilly, Dong Uong (Creative Lead), Crispin Schurr, Patrick Shirley, Nataly Ernst (Lead Architect + Project Lead), Rafe Delaney, Court Harlow, Long Tran. Photography by Kishan Dhameliya 

Expo 2025 Osaka, ‘Designing Future Society for our Lives’, will focus on developing and adopting best practices from around the world to drive co-creation by the global community in designing a sustainable society that supports social challenges, emerging sciences and evolving technologies.

“Our appointment on this project reflects the collective design strength of our team, which brings together architecture and design talent from across Buchan globally”, says Buchan chief executive officer Stephen Auld.

Australia’s first standalone children’s library in Ipswich by Buchan.

According to him, the 130-year-old firm is honoured to be selected to design the Australian Pavilion on behalf of the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

The Australian Pavilion will be represented alongside 150 participating nation’s pavilions at Expo, which is anticipated to attract 28 million visitors from across the globe from 13 April 2025 to 13 October 2025.

Designed by Buchan, the recently completed wine bar Bar Alba channels the old-world European charm of Italy

 “Australia’s Expo theme ’Chasing the Sun’, anchors our design narrative, which encapsulates both the power and beauty of the sun on the land and people tens of thousands of years,” says Buchan creative lead Dong Uong.

“The Pavilion will be a symbol of Australian people, and take design cues from Australia’s natural beauty.”

Sydney’s heritage-listed South Eveleigh Locomotive Workshop has been transformed from an Industrial-era building into a captivating multi-use commercial and community precinct by Buchan.

According to lead architect Nataly Ernst, Buchan’s design and ESG aspirations for the national pavilion will be unparalleled. 

“Our goal with the pavilion is to make an indelible impact, without leaving a trace,” she says.

“The architecture will be guided by sustainable design principles and materials.”

Also, Buchan recently announced new hires to meet the demands of a changing market.

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