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Under construction: first pictures emerge of UK's Milan Expo pavilion

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Manufacturer Stage One has released the first images of the hive-like structure designed by Wolfgang Buttress which will form the centrepiece of the UK Pavilion at this year’s Milan Expo

The 14m3 structure is currently being built from around 100,000 individual components at Stage One’s workshop in York.

A team led by Nottingham-based sculptor and painter Buttress and including BDP was last May announced as the winner of the competition to design the pavilion.

The designer beat competition from seven others, including teams headed by Amanda Levete’s practice AL_A, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Coca-Cola pavilion designer Asif Khan and David Kohn Architects.

The 2015 proposal ‘explores the life of the bee colony through an immersive sensory experience – a beautiful and profound encounter leaving visitors with a lasting flavour of the British landscape’.

Visitors will walk through an orchard and a wildflower meadow before entering the hive, which will ‘pulsate, buzz and glow according to signals from a real hive’.

The expo will run from 1 May to 31 October, with the theme ‘Feeding the Planet: Energy for Life’.

Stage One, UK Pavilion Milan Expo 2015, test section of hive

Source: Courtesy of UKTI

Stage One, UK Pavilion Milan Expo 2015, test section of hive

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