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Nepal - Expo Aichi 2005

The focal point of the pavilion was the Mandala, which symbolically represents the cosmos. The Mandala has been used in Nepal since time immemorial as a basis and tool for the planning and design of temples, palaces or simple residences, as well as for entire cities.
The stepwell with a stone tap was the entry point to the pavilion and highlighted the traditional water supply system in Nepal. It is also a foundation of traditional architecture and technology.
The Sattal courtyard, a covered structure located at two opposite corners, was created for the Expo to serve as an exhibition area as well as to stage cultural events, and serve as an information centre.
The corner opposite the pavilion entrance point consisted of a small garden with grass, trees and shrubs that are used as ingredients in traditional Nepalese medicine. The garden was also created as a symbol of the role of vegetation in purifying the atmosphere and as a natural habitat for other life forms. With the Mandala as a conceptual focal point, the exhibition was designed to show how Nepalese art, architecture, culture and way of life have evolved towards the spirituality of Buddhism and Hinduism and to depict the "wisdom of life" of Nepalese people.