This Spanish pavilion at the Osaka Expo 2025 is based on the early understanding, which we reached immediately through the study of different possible options, that it was practically unfeasible and very complex to manufacture and build anything in Japan, especially in Osaka, close to the dates of the Universal Exhibition.
Manufacturing as much as possible in Spain
This Spanish pavilion at the Osaka Expo 2025 is based on the early understanding, which we reached immediately through the study of different possible options, that it was practically unfeasible and very complex to manufacture and build anything in Japan, especially in Osaka, close to the dates of the Universal Exhibition. Therefore, the entire project is based on the idea of manufacturing the maximum number of elements possible in Spain, at a much more affordable price, to transport everything there and assemble it in a few weeks.
30 containers travel by ship to Japan
This strategy begins with the creation of a base of prefabricated modules with container dimensions that will be transported by ship to the Container Terminal on Yumeshima Island in the port of Osaka, where the Expo venue is located. Inside these container-modules, all the equipment and materials necessary to set up the pavilion's exhibitions and shows will be carried. Once assembled, the thirty modules will also house all the enclosed spaces of the building, that is: entrances, offices, VIP rooms, operational areas, kitchens, warehouses, dressing rooms, toilets, restaurant, and tapas bar, in a total area of 1070 m2.
Three rented cranes to cover the entire pavilion
First, a tower crane will be rented for the assembly, which will be located at the final site where it will be fixed later. When the entire base is assembled, two more tower cranes will be rented. The three tower cranes will be rented for the duration of the Expo and returned when it ends. They will be fixed in parallel to each other at a distance of 6 meters between them and will be used as the main structure to support a lightweight textile cover. Additionally, they will be used as a comb to position under them all the motors and spotlights of the grand stage that the main plane of the pavilion becomes, formed by the covers of all the modules together.
Plaza de España, a public meeting place
The cover of each module will be made of wood, and the sum of all of them, once their side wings are deployed, creates a large platform-stage for the main activities of the pavilion: exhibition spaces and their shop, conference and show spaces, and gastronomic areas. Located 3 meters above the ground, it will be the epicenter of the entire pavilion. This large stage of almost 1500 m2 can be enjoyed and seen from all places, positioning itself as the great meeting square of the Expo, the Plaza de España, the public place where everyone will want to enter to appreciate and enjoy it. The climate in Osaka from April to October is temperate. The choice is to create an open and visible pavilion.
SPANISH PAVILION 2025
Client: Acción Cultural Española ACE
Surface: 1.919,5 m2
Location: Osaka, Japan
Competition, Finalist, Fifth Prize
FRPO + selgascano
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