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Wolfgang Buttress and BDP's Hive opens at Kew

The Hive at Kew Gardens by Wolfgang Buttress and BDP
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The centrepiece of the UK’s pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo designed by artist Wolfgang Buttress with BDP has been rebuilt at Kew Gardens in London


The beehive-inspired structure, which was named winner of the Gold Medal in the architecture and landscape category at the world trade fair, is the first of the British pavilions to be reused and brought back to the UK.

Visitors will enter the hive through a wildflower meadow in front of the towering 17m-tall structure.

Built from a lattice of 169,300 pieces of aluminium and steel, the 14m3 pavilion was designed to represent the crucial role played by bees and pollination in providing the world’s food supply.

Artist Wolfgang Buttress, said: ‘It’s fantastic to watch The Hive coming back to life at Kew. The Gardens offer the perfect environment to host this multi-sensory experience that integrates art, science and landscape architecture.’

BDP and Wolfgang Buttress picked up the Architectural Collaboration of the Year Award at the AJ100 dinner last week.

The Hive opens to the public on 18 June.

The Hive at Kew Gardens by Wolfgang Buttress and BDP

The Hive at Kew Gardens by Wolfgang Buttress and BDP

Source: Jeff Eden

Project data

Location Kew Gardens, London
Architect BDP
Designer/artist Wolfgang Buttress
Engineer Tristan Simmonds
Manufacturer Stage One
Graphics/animation Squint Opera

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