Building the Seed Cathedral by Thomas Heatherwick

Seed Cathedral Thomas Heatherwick (Image Rights: Heatherwick Studio)

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The UK Pavilion [won the] 2010 RIBA Lubetkin Prize In September 2007, Heatherwick Studio led the winning team in the competition to design the UK Pavilion for the Shanghai 2010 Expo. The event [was] the largest Expo ever [to date] with two hundred countries taking part and over 70 million visitors expected. The theme of the Expo is “Better City, Better Life” and a key client objective is for the UK Pavilion to be one of the five most popular attractions. The studio’s design has three main aims: the first is to be a pavilion whose architecture is a direct manifestation of the content it exhibits; the second is to provide significant public open space in which visitors can relax; the third is to find a simple idea that is strong enough to stand out amidst the busy-ness of the hundreds of competing pavilions.

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Architect Thomas Heatherwick shows five recent projects featuring ingenious bio-inspired designs. Some are remakes of the ordinary: a bus, a bridge, a power station … And one is an extraordinary pavilion, the Seed Cathedral, a celebration of growth and light. Watch Thomas Heatherwick’s talk on, where you can download it, rate it, comment on it. (Recorded at TED2011, March 2011, in Long Beach, CA. Duration: 16:52) 

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