Gallery: Construction Complete on the UK’s Stunning Seed Cathedral


The brilliant bristling structure you see above is not the world’s largest pincushion – it’s Thomas Heatherwick‘s recently completed UK Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo. 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 one the expo has run its course.

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  3. davidwayneosedach April 8, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    I hope that beautiful pavillion ends up in London! It would fit right in with this centuries UK.

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