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Seed Cathedral

June 14, 2010

This fuzzy, furry building is the UK Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo. It’s open now, so if you’re in or near Shangai, check it out. I would LOVE to see this in person. The interesting thing about the view of the pavilion from the outside, is that other bloggers have mentioned seeing the Union Jack in the structure. I sort of see it too, the vertical, horizontal and 45 degree lines are visible in some photos. Was this intentional? Either way, the building is magnificent. And a little apocalyptic too, in a ‘we better save all the seeds for the end of the world” sort of way. Maybe someone will write a futuristic sci-fi story with characters salvaging seeds from the pavilion.

Designed by thomas heatherwick studio the 20 meter high cube like structure is pierced by 60,000 slim and transparent acrylic rods. the centerpiece of the pavilion is the seed cathedral, where visitors will be able to explore a variety of seeds of different plants featured on the end of each rod.”

UK Pavilion on Wiki
UK Pavilion homepage


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