Expo 2025 Osaka: Building a resilient future on Common Ground

Imagine a future powered by energy that is clean, unlimited, and accessible to all: a new dawn. That’s the idea that inspired the design of the Netherlands Pavilion for Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai in Japan. Fully circular, featuring a ‘man-made’ sun, the Pavilion will show innovative technologies that can harness the power of water, making renewable energy more accessible to everyone.

NL Pavilion exterior

The theme of Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai is ‘Designing Future Societies for Our Lives.” It aims to bring together people and innovations from around the world, in an effort to address the most urgent challenges of our times, such as climate change, energy transition and global health. That’s why the Netherlands Pavilion is intended as a place where people can share their ideas, knowledge and expertise and get inspired to create innovative solutions together. 

At Expo, the Netherlands will also highlight opportunities for Japanese and Dutch businesses to collaborate in the areas of energy transition, agrifood and horticulture, life sciences and health, high-tech and digitalisation and culture. Various Dutch ministries and public and private parties will organise activities in the lead up and during Expo to showcase the Netherlands’ knowledge and expertise in those sectors. 

The Netherlands Pavilion was designed by Consortium 'A New Dawn', comprised of architecture firm RAU, engineering consultancy DGMR, experience design studio Tellart and Japanese construction company Asanuma.

Expo 2025 Osaka will take place from April 13 to October 13, 2025. The organisation expects to host about 28 million visitors, about 90% of whom will be from Japan. About 170 countries and international organisations are participating. This edition is themed “Designing Future Society for Our Lives” and will be about shaping a world where major crises around climate and health, for example, will determine livability.