The UK reveals a “dramatic demonstration of creativity” in Shanghai.
For the Shanghai 2010 Expo which expects 70 million visitors after it opens in May this year, the Heatherwick Studio created a pavilion for the UK which throws out from each face long, radiating “cilia” which gently sway in the wind. The six-story high structure is wrapped with 60,000 translucent rods and each of the long arms contain seeds from the Millenium Seed Bank – a project that hopes to store seeds from wild plant species across the world.
The architects say that the building was inspired with the use of parks in British urban landscapes:
It rests on its soft forest in an urban field, surrounded by a concrete canopy that resembles unfolded wrapping paper. 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.