Gallery: Top 6 Stunning Green Pavilions at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo


UK Pavilion

The Seed Cathedral is a spectacular pavilion designed by Heatherwick Studio in collaboration with the Millennium Seed Bank. The structure's bristling facade is composed of 60,000 acrylic rods filled with seeds from around the world -- these rods act as fiber optic sunlight transport systems that draw light into the structure during the day. At night, the inside lights up and a soft glow transmits through the rods to the exterior.
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Rainwater harvesting, recycled materials, green roofs, renewable energy and energy efficiency are common elements in a number of the pavilions at the 2010 Shanghai Expo. Additionally, all of the pavilions are focused around the theme of “Better City, Better Life” and seek to make the world a better place. During the 5 months of the Expo, many public events, concerts, exhibitions, festivals and other cultural activities will take place. More than 190 countries and more than 50 international organizations are participating in the Expo in one way or another, and 100 million visitors are expected to visit, which officials expect to be the largest in history. We sure wish we could be there.

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    I am amazed at the all the things we can actually do to help the environment, it is very exciting to discover these things. Great website


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