After my first researches for the extravagant Pavillions at the EXPO 2010 in Shanghai, I found the UK Pavillion made by Thomas Heatherwick Studio really amazing and it is standing out of all of the others Pavillions. The EXPO 2010 ” Better City, Better Life” will start at the 1.May and will last until 31. October 2010
The Seed Cathedral sits in the centre of the UK Pavilion’s site, 20 metres in height, formed from 60,000 slender transparent fibre optic rods, each 7.5 metres long and each encasing one or more seeds at its tip. During the day, they draw daylight inwards to illuminate the interior. At night, light sources at the interior end of each rod will allow the whole structure to glow from the outside.. As the wind moves past, the building and its optic “hairs” gently move to create a dynamic effect.
The Idea for this Pavillion is described by Heatherwick as following:
The UK, with its millions of gardens, thousands of public parks and garden squares, has pioneered the integration of nature into cities as a way of making them healthier places, in which to live and work. The UK pavilion encourages visitors to look again at the role of nature and wonder whether it could be used to solve the current social, economic and environmental challenges of our cities.
You can see all other pavillions at designboom site and make yourself an own opinion.
And this video I found at Wallpaper
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