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Heatherwick’s UK Pavilion

Updated: Dec 16, 2020

An examination of the relationship between cites and nature, the Seed Cathedral, which won the Best Pavilion at the Expo 2010 Shanghai in China, is a steel and timber structure pierced by 60,000 transparent fibre optic rods with encased seeds that represent 25% of the world’s plant species.

By day, the rods draw light inward to illuminate the interior, while at night, light sources within each rod allow the entire structure to glow. As the wind moves past, the building and its optic ‘hairs’ gently move to create a dynamic effect.

Note in Photo 1, a faint representation of the Union Jack.

Thomas Heatherwick, known for work at the intersection of architecture, pavilion and sculpture, has designed several incredible landmarks including The Vessel in NYC’s Hudson Yards.


Designer & architecture firm: @OfficialHeatherwickStudio

Photo: @IwanBaan








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