Progression of The Hive at Kew

Latest progress images show The Hive in its new surroundings in the gardens at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. The Hive will be open to the public from 18th June 2016. 

UK Pavilion Wins Gold Medal at Milan Expo 2015

The UK Pavilion has been awarded the BIE Gold Award for Architecture and Landscape at the 2015 Milan Expo. 

The announcement was made during a packed ceremony on 30th October the eve of the concluding day of the 6 month international exhibition.  During this period the Pavilion has welcomed 3.3 million visitors pitting it to be the top paid British attraction worldwide in 2015, and within the top ten UK attractions in 2015.

The UK Pavilion was designed by artist Wolfgang Buttress, engineers Simmonds Studio and architects BDP and built by contractor Stage One.

Responding to the Expo theme ‘feeding the planet’ the designers sought to highlight the plight of the honeybee, focussing attention on the importance of pollination in our food chain, by reinterpreting apiarian ecology as an immersive multi-sensory experience.

Buttress responded to the news saying:  “I am very happy and honoured to have won this prestigious award; it is a fitting testament and acknowledgement of the dedication and professionalism of the whole of the team. If the project has raised awareness of the current plight of the bee then the effort has been worth it” 

This honour has been bestowed on top of the five awards already achieved to date, including the Blueprint award for ‘Best Public Use Project with Public Funding’ and the Italian Association of Architects award for ‘Best Pavilion Architecture’.

UK Pavilion awarded 'Best Pavilion Architecture' at Expo Milano 2015

The UK Pavilion has just been awarded the international jury prize for the best design and relevance to the Expo theme by the Italian Association of Architects and other Italian National Construction and Landscape bodies. The announcement was made at the Triennale Museum at the presence of Giuseppe Sala.

About the award:

Book Release: BE•HIVE

With a foreword by Herbert Wright of Blueprint magazine and contributions from Christopher Turner – director of London Design Festival- this publication provides context and reveals the story behind the Pavilion. BE•HIVE includes sketches, drawings and photos, as well as recipes by Anton Mosimann -caterer at the Pavilion. Content is structured as a sequence of topical essays covering art, science, architecture, engineering and landscape. The multidisciplinary design team –including Wolfgang Buttress, BDP and Tristan Simmonds – explore the synthesis of their disciplines, documenting the entire process from conception to construction.

BE•HIVE is designed and published by Wolfgang Buttress Studio.



Single Edition Book, priced at £32 in the website Shop


The Limited Edition Book contains:

  • BE•HIVE Limited Edition Book
  • 12" 180g Record - BE•ONE
  • 6 x High Quality Photographic Prints of the Pavilion
  • Limited Edition Artist Signed Embossed Print

Limited Edition Book, Priced at £150 in the Website Shop.