A giant gumnut will define Australia to the world at Expo 2025

A gumnut-inspired design by a global design team led by Buchan has been chosen for the Australian Pavilion at Expo 2025 in Osaka.
Gumnut. Image is render of large pavilion in the shape of a gumnut. Expo 2025.

The concept design for the Australian Pavilion at Expo 2025 Osaka has just been revealed – a huge gumnut. The design has been developed by the global design firm Buchan, which runs eight studios across Australia and New Zealand, as well as Dubai, London and Shanghai.

Buchan’s design team has come up with a truly Australian pavilion, which calls on the ubiquitous eucalyptus tree and its gumnut as a symbol of ‘the diversity and resilience of Australian people,’ says Buchan.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina