UK Pavilion – Seed Cathedral – at the 2010 Shangai Expo by Heatherwick Studio

UK Pavilion – Seed Cathedral – at the 2010 Shangai Expo by Heatherwick Studio

The UK Pavilion at Expo 2010, colloquially known as the Seed Cathedral, was a sculpture structure built by a nine member conglomeration of British business and government resources directed by designer Thomas Heatherwick. It referenced the race to save seeds from round the world in banks, and housed 60,000 plant seeds at the end of acrylic rods, held in place by geometrically-cut holes with the rods inserted therein. The structure stood where it was built, at a cost of £25 million, in Shanghai for the 2010 World Expo and won the BIE gold award for best pavilion design.

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