The UK Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo: The Seed Cathedral
Theme - Better City, Better Life
“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 250,000 plantseeds at the end of 60,000 acrylic rods, held in place by geometrically-cut holes with the rods inserted therein.”
“The Seed Cathedral is 20 metres in height, formed from 60,000 slender transparent rods, each 7.5 metres long and each encasing one or more seeds at its tip. During the day, they act as optic fibres and draw daylight inwards to illuminate the interior. At night, light sources inside each rod allow the whole structure to glow. As the wind moves past, the building and its optic "hairs” gently move to create a dynamic effect.“
In London, SOM’s City Design Practice recently completed a two-year collaboration with students from the Architectural Association. The endeavor, which originally focused on the Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea Opportunity Area, expanded to a territory spanning north and south of the Thames River. Learn more about the project and its corresponding exhibition.
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