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UK's Milan Expo pavilion nears completion

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These are the first photographs of the hive-like structure designed by Wolfgang Buttress - the centrepiece of the UK Pavilion at this year’s Milan Expo

Buttress tweeted the snaps of the near-complete UK structure, delivered with AJ100 big hitter BDP, ahead of its opening at the world trade fair on 1 May.

The 14m3 structure has been built from around 100,000 individual components by fabricators Stage One – who also worked on Heatherwick’s Olympic torch and a number of the Serpentine Pavilions.

The pavilion, created by a team led by Nottingham-based sculptor and painter Buttress, ‘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’.

Buttress saw off 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, to win the prized job back in May last year.



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