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Heatherwick sows seeds for Shanghai pavilion

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This is Thomas Heatherwick’s £25 million British Pavilion for the 2010 Shanghai Expo, dubbed the ‘Seed Cathedral’, which will complete on site in two months’ time

The 18m-tall structure is engineered by Adams Kara Taylor. It will have 60,000 spikes, each 7.4m long and containing a seed from Kew Gardens’ Millenium Seed Bank.

Heatherwick beat Avery Associates, Draw Architects, John McAslan and Partners, Marks Barfield, and Zaha Hadid Architects to win the design competition for the pavilion.

Original visualisation of the UK pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010

Original visualisation of the UK pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010

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