The International Zone and Its Pavilions

The International Zone, one of the four principal zones of the Auroville city area – the other three being the Residential, Cultural and Industrial Zones – is the designated site for National Pavilions from around the world. Representing the fundamental genius of each nation, these centres of research, study and creative activity will be a concrete and richly expressive manifestation of human unity in diversity.

Out of the 50+ nations to date represented in Auroville, a number of Pavilion groups have emerged over the years. These pavilion groups regularly or occasionally organise cultural activities and events, in addition to working for the realisation of an actual Pavilion, the latter generally in collaboration with the Auroville International group in their countries.

Active Pavilion Groups include Africa House, the House of the Americas, Asian Unity, the European Plaza, the Mediterranean Space and the Pavilions of Scandinavia, Bulgaria, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, The Philippines, Russia, Spain, Slovenia, Switzerland, USA as well as the Pavilion of Chinese Culture and the Pavilion of Tibetan Culture.

The Indian Pavilion, Bharat Nivas, is in an advanced stage of completion, and the Pavilion of Tibetan Culture was completed and inaugurated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in January 2009. The USA Pavilion Group has initiated an International Student Guest House in the International Zone, and the Canadian Pavilion Group has erected an Inuksuk, a large traditional Inuit stone sculpture, as a symbolic metaphor for humanity’s search towards a new consciousness. Foundation stones have been laid for the African, French, Russian, German and Italian Pavilions.

More detailed information on particular pavilions you find here.

A most recent development is the on-going construction of the Temporary European House at the European Plaza, which had been inaugurated on February 25th 2015 by planting a tree whose roots will grow on soil brought over from all countries of Europe (click here for a report on the ceremony). Two and a half years later, on August 15th 2017, we witnessed the foundation laying ceremony of the Temporary European House, which is meant to serve, among others, as a creative working space and thus as one of several nuclei for the forthcoming of National Pavilions of all continents.

On February 17th 2018 the first section of the temporary European House – two modules and an open platform – was inaugurated. Around 250 Aurovilians and guests participated in the event. The programme included small activities and performances by different national groups, mirroring the rich cultural diversity of Europe.

The next step is to start a new fundraising for a third building module to complete the original layout based on a three-pointed star-like form around a hexagonal platform; to complete the landscaping and beautification of the surrounding area; to look for furniture and, above all, to fill the place with life, cultural activities, small performances, exhibitions and such. The space will also be offered as a base camp for further planning activities of other pavilion groups, in the spirit of true sharing and collaboration.