- The Australian Government: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- Aichi, Japan
- Tim Greer, Peter Tonkin, Trina Day, Bettina Siegmund
Reinforcing connections between Japan and Australia, the design of the Pavilion is developed from the Expo theme of â€œNatureâ€™s Wisdom / Natureâ€™s Matrixâ€ and presents the nation as a contemporary place of sophistication, complexity and depth.
The entire Pavilion is in the form of an open Matrix, a complex three dimensional construction of repeated rectangular modules. The building becomes an inside-out structure, open to Japan and to the world, a seemingly endless enfolding of space and surface, accommodating display graphics, showcases and multimedia. At the centre of the building, the Matrix is opened out to form a celebration space, a multi-purpose area for live entertainment and trade gatherings. The Matrix would be formed of surfaces and textures both virtual and real, with spaces for experimental installations and temporary displays. It would be entirely prefabricated in Australia, and shipped to Japan for fast and economical erection.
Externally, a glass-enclosed swimming pool forms an event icon, reflecting the Pavilionâ€™s display theme of water, expressed internally as a progression through Australia environments from dry inland to wet coast.