Movie: UK Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010
by Thomas Heatherwick


Shanghai Expo 2010: Here's a movie of British designer Thomas Heatherwick’s UK Pavilion for the Shanghai Expo 2010, which opens next month.

The movie explores the interior and exterior surface of the Seed Cathedral, which features seeds encased at the tips of 60,000 fibre-optic rods.

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Posted on Friday April 9th 2010 at 12:25 pm by Brad Turner. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Andrew Chow

    Dramatic sapce, poetic and beautiful, this is what we need to see more in Shanghai Expo, Bravo Heatherwick!!!

  • Gunnar Á.

    So amazing and unreal!

  • Amazing, absolutely stunning build. I agree that, if China don’t want it, it should be used to replace the steel monstrosity that is the Mittal Orbit.

  • Although I have seen this concept executed every year by at least one student, I would love to see the technique constructed to study its experiential effect.

  • AAB

    stunning pavilion and excellent movie. Well done Heatherwick.

  • Duncan Donut

    There’s expo pavilions, and then there’s this. And it even flutters. AMAZING. Can I have one?

  • RJC

    wow wow wow

  • modular

    This is so wicked that it looks like a computer render!

  • Mehdi

    what an amazing project great job Mr Thomas Heatherwick
    I was on a dream when I was watching the video

  • jim caliwag

    Indeed, but why no interesting noises?

  • perigeum

    simply amazing.. this is what it is all about. A perfect symbiosis between art and space.

  • Rob

    I agree, its simply stunning, but i have to point out the entrance is rather underwhelming… seems too simple given the design for the rest of the pavilion

  • Those interior shots are incredible. I know that many have criticized it as a Heatherwick retread…but the realization of this particular project is unlike anything before. It’s amazing.

  • Great Building ! Looks like a strange animal from mars !

  • xavi

    the best pavilion!, this is awesome!

  • yaulee

    the seed thing actually seems to distract a bit from the magic of the project, as if pure play of space & light itself is not enough justification for the existence of the pavilion and it has to be somehow loaded with some other meaning & reference

  • Amazing piece of art, this is what you call inspiration. It is awesome, great job.

  • jack the ripper

    @rob , the simplicity of the entrance au contraire helps emphasizing the surprise of what ‘ s inside .

  • xyz

    Bring it to the UK instead of the Mittaldisaster!!

  • sullivan

    This might be in 100 years an important piece in architectural history.
    21st Century begins

  • Amazing ! It looks like a soft hedgehog ;-)

  • Mehwish Kazim

    This is amazing! Very experimental!

  • fi3er

    pure art. well done!

  • impressive the video without sound, it gives the impression of a very futuristic atmosphere!

    Francois Beydoun

  • il.balan

    this expo will be remembered by this pavilion!

  • Colin Francis Best

    A spiritual Journey of enlightenment words simply underestimate the Pavilion . A temple of Art which has a soul and a destiny for the whole being.

  • Rhoads Clarke

    Am I the only one that doesn't think that this makes for a good building?! Sure, the shape is interesting but it is just another example of Heatherwick and Hadid turning a blind eye to how a building needs to function. I don't think it is acceptable to just create shapes and then label them as a 'building',' chair,' lighting system' etc.

    For me it is typical of what we have come to expect. Nothing new really.

    • Hiku

      What would you have done then!!! Sometimes it’s o.k to just be.

      Sometimes it’s images like these that allow others to germinate fantastic ideas, not everyone has the opportunity to realize that even creating something like this building is possible, if you have a better idea or concept how come we haven’t seen it from you!!! just wondering!!

  • paulos Gure

    wow!!!!!! thats all i can say!

  • joa Keur

    You know there will always be at least ten percent of the population you can’t please.
    Those usually end up being Space Cadet’s instead of Space AGENT’S.

    I would love to do yoga in this space!