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Final designs revealed for Heatherwick British Expo pavilion

Updated designs were revealed today for the British pavillion at Shanghai Expo 2010

The six storey high pavilion, designed by B of the Bang designer Thomas Heatherwick will feature 60,000 slender transparent rods which extend from the structure and move with the breeze. Construction started in March by contractor Mace.

Tens of thousands of seeds will be embedded into the ends of the transparent rods, showcasing the work of UK conservation organisation Kew’s Millenium Seed Bank partnership

Visitors will access the ‘Seed Cathedral’ by a series of walkways.

“Our task is to make the UK pavilion stand out,” said Heatherwick.  “We decided to do this by making one extraordinary object; not recognisable in conventional terms, set in a calm open site.  Each visitor will be able to explore both in their own way.  Rather than making a straightforward advert for the UK, we want our pavilion to give each person a more profound understanding of the richness of contemporary UK culture.”

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