Osaka World Exhibition

This project won 3rd place in the competition for the design of the Luxembourg pavilion for the 2025 World Expo in Osaka.

Its ambition is to promote Luxembourg in Asia and Japan and to invite the general public to discover our country and its qualities which are transcribed in a subtle and implicit way in our architecture and scenography.

The theme that inspired us is “Connecting lives”, whether it is a real or virtual connection. Through movement, we create an element of connection and sharing. Traffic is put in the foreground of the pavilion. The abstraction of the rollercoaster of the famous Schueberfouer represents the perpetual renewal of our country.
A main circulation artery embraces and shelters within its curves the different functions of the pavilion. This corridor, in the colors of the Luxembourg flag at the entrance, accompanies the visitor throughout a scenographic and topographic journey around the various wooden cylinders which house closed volumes with various functions and a patio dominated by a large tree.

With a slight slope that is fully accessible, the aerial ride reaches a high plateau where there is a café and a relaxation area. Then, the same colorful circuit takes us to the back, then along the plot downhill towards the exit, passing through the memory space.

This walk introduces the visitor to the iconic topography of Luxembourg, lined with high volumes such as those of our Luxembourg Little Switzerland. The path that connects the different elements of the pavilion links the useful and the pleasant: the colored walls are in fact photovoltaic panels, at the forefront of innovation in green energy thermal baths.

The pavilion is lit by low-consumption LEDs. In a circular economy approach, it is planned to rent or borrow as much electrical equipment as possible on site.

The floor of the “roller coaster” is a piezoelectric floor covering, producing an electric pulse with each step taken.

The transparency, the play of shadows, the wide palette of colors, the technological side and the fully accessible route are all mirrors of Luxembourg society, rich in its diversity and inventiveness.

Just as in our capital we can observe the happy marriage between traditional and modern architecture, the pavilion unites simple, refined, sober volumes with untreated wooden cladding which contrasts with the colorful and transparent “roller coaster”. in manufactured materials. The contrast is also expressed in the verticality of the cylindrical volumes opposed to the “roller coaster” which embraces them and shelters within its curves, on its rather horizontal route.

The patio, an open volume unlike the others, brings freshness through its vegetation to those who rest on the panoramic terrace while tasting our famous Bamkuch. Above the café is a trampoline for young and old children who, while jumping, have a breathtaking view of the surroundings.

While continuing the subtle playful connotations of the Schueberfouer, a pillar of fairground culture that is a driving force for leisure in Japan, the exhibition’s main pavilion informs the visitor, through an immersive journey that stimulates the five senses, about our beautiful country, its history, its assets, its position in the geopolitical world and its investment in scientific research.