Australian Pavilion, World Expo 2000


Australian Federal Government and Caribiner International


Hannover, Germany



Project Description

The Australian Expo Pavilion was conceived as a demonstrative open container, to encourage visits to the exhibition within. Walls are designed to separate and unfurl onto the major plaza to the east, so that the building reveals its contents to the crowds of visitors in the queuing area and to the major promenade beyond.

The theme of openness is expressed in the ambiguous relationship between the interior and the exterior. The walls are made from two layers of recycled plastic fabric spaced two metres apart. The outer layer of the Pavilion is partially transparent while the inner layer is a burnt red colour, and these are tautly wrapped around the Pavilion below a large floating roof plane.

Exhibition displays shift in and out of the space between the two layers of wall, which symbolically identify the mobility and transparency of the Australian political, social and geographical landscape. The roof, a thermal pillow, floats like a giant screen above the Pavilion. Illuminated from the walls below, it displays different configurations of light and colours throughout the day and night.

The Australian Pavilion is a sustainable building. It was made from temporary materials such as fabric and standard prefabricated steel elements, which were all re-used on its removal at the close of the Expo 2000.


Tim Greer, John Chesterman, Angela Rheinlaender, Christian Fisher.
Photos by Manoel Nunes.


2000 First Prize and Commission