The Global House is the theme pavilion designed and managed by the Japan Association for the 2005 International Exposition. Visitors will be able to experience "Nature's Wisdom", the theme of EXPO 2005 Aichi, Japan, and imagine what global society will look like in the future.
The pavilion will be divided into three parts: the Blue Hall, the Orange Hall and the Mammoth Laboratory, where the frozen specimen of the Yukagir Mammoth, a major attraction of EXPO 2005, will be displayed.
The Blue Hall will be the Laser Dream Hall, featuring one of the world's largest modular screens, measuring 2,005 inches (about 50 metres wide and 10 metres high). Thanks to the laser, a source of light with superior colour purity, the colours of the Earth and human scenes will be vivid.
The Orange Hall will be a Super High Definition Hall. Here visitors will be able to experience the beauty of the Earth they live on. It will feature the sharpest images in the world, 16 times sharper than High Definition, as well as a 22.2 channel three-dimensional audio system. You will be able to experience virtually through extraordinary panoramic images and sounds of nature, etc. that will make you feel as if you are really there.
On leaving the Hall, visitors will move on to the Global Showcase. Exhibits of humanity's precious heritage and cutting-edge research results will be presented here, categorised into six themes: "the day man was born", "the day the mammoths disappeared", "the day cities were built", "the day dreams came true", "the day the Earth was seen from space" and "the day the future began" (tentative names).
"The Day Man was born" will feature a replica of a 6-7 million year old hominid skull discovered in 2002. "The Day the Earth was Seen from Space" will include displays such as a model of the latest planet-sounding aircraft, man-made footprints on the moon, and a moon rock. "The Day Dreams Came True" will give visitors an imaginative experience where they can hear the sound of James Watt's steam locomotive.
In the Orange Hall, the Aimulet GH, the credit card-sized voice guide terminal that is 5 mm thick and weighs only 28 grams, will be handed out to visitors. By pointing the Aimulet GH at an exhibit and pressing it to their ear, visitors will be able to listen to the voices of navigators telling stories that will stimulate their imagination or give explanations about the exhibits in Japanese or English. A wireless IC chip will also be used to analyse the flow of visitors, predict congestion or reduce it by giving advice to visitors.
Finally, the Mammoth Laboratory will transport visitors back some 18,000 years to meet the Yukagir Mammoth unearthed from the Siberian permafrost. Visitors will be able to see the head, feet and other parts of the frozen mammoth, as well as the results of its research.
The Global House is a pavilion where visitors can experience and imagine the world. What experience will you have there, and what kind of future will you imagine for the Earth?
© Japan Association for the 2005 World Exposition