Czech Republic Obtains Construction Permit for its Pavilion at EXPO 2025 in Osaka

As preparations for the World Expo in Osaka, Japan, progress, the Czech Republic has achieved a significant milestone by becoming the second country, following South Korea, to secure a construction permit for its pavilion. The Czech pavilion’s unique design, shaped like a spiral, is set to captivate visitors during the EXPO 2025, scheduled to welcome its first attendees in April.

Ondřej Soška, the General Commissioner for Czech Participation at EXPO 2025, emphasized the importance of this achievement and the country’s commitment to delivering an extraordinary pavilion. He acknowledged the challenges of rising material and labor costs in Japan, as well as the ongoing inflation in the Czech Republic. Nevertheless, he expressed determination to present a distinctive national pavilion, expected to be one of the largest wooden structures in the Czech Republic.

The pavilion’s spiral design is not only visually appealing but also encourages visitors to explore its interior. The structure will house various elements, including a permanent exhibition, a versatile auditorium, business negotiation spaces, a restaurant, VIP areas, and a relaxation zone with views of the sea.

The pavilion’s architectural journey began with an open, anonymous design competition in December 2022, after more than two decades. From 38 competing teams, Apropos Architects’ glass spiral design was selected as the winner by an expert jury led by architect Eva Jiřičná. The pavilion’s main structure will be constructed using modern wooden panels, while the facade will showcase artistic glass, reflecting the Czech Republic’s tradition in glass craftsmanship.

EXPO 2025 is set to host 153 countries and eight international organizations, with 56 countries or regions planning to construct their pavilions (Type A). Others will lease pre-prepared spaces from the organizers. The Czech government has allocated a budget of 290.2 million CZK for Czech participation from 2023 to 2026. Additional financial support, ranging from 170 to 220 million CZK, will be sourced from private companies, organizations, and institutions.

The Czech pavilion’s design and progress reflect the nation’s dedication to creating an engaging and memorable experience for visitors, contributing to the overall success of EXPO 2025.

Article by Prague Forum

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