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Milan Expo site begins to take shape

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[VIDEO] A film has been released showing the construction of the 2015 Milan Expo which will include a £6million UK pavilion designed by artist Wolfgang Buttress and BDP

With just under six months until the start of the six-month-long Expo, the organisers have published this video captured by a drone showing progress on the 1,100m² site.

The major international exhibition, which has been masterplanned by Jacques Herzog, Stefano Boeri and Ricky Burdett, will feature 144 national pavilions when it opens to the public in May 2015.

Themed around the title ‘Feeding the Planet: Energy for Life’, the Expo will focus on food, lifestyle, technology, and sustainability.

The UK pavilion is being overseen by a team led by artist Wolfgang Buttress and including, AECOM, BDP and Stage One (see AJ 08.05.14).

The Nottingham-based sculptor and painter was chosen for the job ahead of Amanda Levete, AHMM, and Asif Khan.

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’.

In 2010 the UK wowed visitors with its ‘dandelion’ centrepiece for the Shanghai Expo. Designed by Thomas Heatherwick, the £25 million Seed Cathedral became one of the most popular national pavilions of the Chinese fair, with more than eight million visitors.

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