Building the Seed Cathedral by Thomas HeatherwickPosted: July 1, 2012
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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.
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 TED.com, 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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