Thomas Heatherwick’s recently completed UK Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo defines originality in architecture. The structure brings pure imagination into reality for all to enjoy.
Dubbed the “Seed Cathedral”, the six-story high structure is studded with 60,000 translucent rods that act as fiber-optic filaments that channel sunlight into the pavilion’s interior. The densely-packed forest of filaments also contains the impetus to create living forests in the future — each 7.5 meter long “branch” contains seeds from the Millenium Seed Bank that will be given to China once the expo has run its course.
The lighting is just as unique. Each "branch" channels the sunlight, similar to fiber optics, to blanket the interior with pin-points of light like the stars in the sky.