10.04.2024 The German Pavilion at Expo 2025 in Osaka, Japan celebrates its ground-breaking just one year before the Expo opens: Germany’s participation is right on schedule

The German Pavilion at Expo 2025 in Osaka, Japan celebrates its ground-breaking just one year before the Expo opens: Germany’s participation is right on schedule

On 10 April 2024, the German Pavilion at Expo 2025 in Osaka, Kansai, Japan celebrated its official ground-breaking ceremony on the site where the buildings will be erected. Distinguished guests were in attendance. The German construction and exhibit on the theme of circularity will be completed by the time the world exhibition opens on 13 April 2025. With its focus on sustainability and interactive personal experiences, the German participation at the upcoming Expo should once again draw record crowds, showcasing German innovations to millions of visitors from across the globe.

The start signal has sounded for the construction of the German Pavilion at Expo 2025 in Osaka. On the morning of 10 April 2024 and thus almost a year to the day before the World Exhibition opens its gates at the Expo site on the Island of Yumeshima, the ground was broken for the German Pavilion – organised under the auspices of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK).

Alongside Dr. Dorothea Schütz, Deputy Director-General for Development Policy, Special Foreign Trade Promotion Instruments in North Africa, Near and Middle East at the BMWK, Ms. Melanie Saxinger, the German Consul General in Osaka, also spoke on the occasion of the ground-breaking ceremony. “With its focus on circular economy, the German Pavilion perfectly embodies the overall concept of Expo 2025 in Osaka and will make an important contribution to sustainable future-orientated technologies for German-Japanese cooperation,“ the Consul General said.

The presence of Mr. Hirofumi Yoshimura, Governor of Osaka Prefecture, Hideyuki Yokoyama, Osaka’s mayor alongside Mr. Hiroyuki Ishige, Secretary General of the Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition, the organisers of the upcoming world exhibition, underscored the importance of Germany’s participation in the Expo 2025 for the host country Japan.  Neither did Mr. Dimitri Kerkentzes, the Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the umbrella organisation of all World Exhibitions, miss the opportunity to attend Germany’s ground-breaking ceremony.

At the post-ground-breaking press conference, the German Pavilion Expo 2025 Osaka Consortium, consisting of facts and fiction, the creative agency responsible for the exhibition design, and GL events, responsible for the construction, presented the steps envisioned for the coming months. “After an intensive planning and preparation phase, we are now ready to start with construction. In the next weeks, the first building materials will arrive at the German Pavilion site. We will start laying the foundation and then erect the steel and wooden structures for the round buildings. The pavilion will be ready for operation in a year’s time,” explains Thomas Quenim, Executive Director of GL events.  For Andreas Horbelt, Creative Director at facts and fiction, the most exciting part of his work is just about to begin: “For a country’s participation at a world exhibition to be successful, it is imperative to conduct thorough and robust research into both the theme and the host country. Now it’s all about transforming our concept into a real exhibition that informs, inspires and emotionalizes. We look forward to the next months of making this a reality.“

Background Information

The next World Expo will take place from 13 April to 13 October 2025 in Osaka where the theme will be “Designing Future Society for Our Lives”. About 150 countries are estimated to participate in what will be the third Expo in Japan, after Osaka in 1970 and Aichi in 2005. The organisers are expecting more than 28 million visitors.

Koelnmesse GmbH will be organising and running the German Pavilion at Expo 2025 Osaka on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action. The “German Pavilion Expo 2025 Osaka Consortium”, comprising facts and fiction (Cologne) and GL Events Live (Lyon) with the support of their Japanese office, is in charge of concept design, planning and realisation. Facts and fiction is responsible for content, exhibition and media design, and the pavilion is being built by GL Events. Laumann / Scheßl / Weismüller are responsible for the construction supervision of the project. The architecture and spatial design come from LAVA Architects (Berlin). The cultural programme known as Culture Connect is being put together by Frankfurt-based agency VOSS+FISCHER, working together with culture and media manager Mike P. Heisel.  The pavilion’s restaurant and shop are run by 78degrees.


For enquiries, please contact

Annika Belisle

Head of Communications / Press Spokeswoman

Deutscher Pavillon Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan

Koelnmesse GmbH

Messeplatz 1, 50679 Cologne


+49 221 821 2251



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