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"Shards connect the picture, like memories woven into a person,

and the beauty is overwhelming, full of intention—complete, but not perfect."

~Noam Horev

Contrast and harmony are vital in architectural design, and the Israel Pavilion at Expo 2025 in Japan aims to merge the unique and diverse qualities of both Japanese and Israeli cultures.

The pavilion juxtaposes traditional Japanese patterns with the bold, innovative spirit of Israel. It highlights Japanese precision and restraint against Israeli eclecticism, and Japanese politeness against Israeli "chutzpah."

This powerful encounter between two fascinating and contrasting cultures creates an extraordinary spatial experience. The Israeli pavilion embodies "harmonious asymmetry" through its dynamic geometric form of polygonal parts that seamlessly merge, creating a captivating three-dimensional experience.

The centerpiece is a sculptural element mimicking a cocoon's movement, opening and closing, disintegrating and reconnecting, reminiscent of "Ikebana," the Japanese art of flower arranging. This looping and repetitive motion ties together visitors both inside and around the pavilion, making them an integral part of the immersive experience.

Concept Architecture - Ed. Nitzan Koren / Moshe Yeni

Applied Architecture and Interior Design - Ed. Tzvika Tamari / Tim Architects

Consulting Architecture and Program - Neuman Hainer Architects

The structure is inspired by a poem written by Noam Horev.

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