In response to the Expo theme, the UK Pavilion highlights the plight of the honeybee and the importance of pollination for food production.

Visitors meander through an orchard, discover a wildflower meadow and enter ‘the Hive’, a sculpture inspired by an abstracted analogue of honeycomb.   

The open lattice structure reveals a spherical void hollowed from its interior which pulses and glows according to signals streamed-live from a real bee-hive. The pavilion reinterprets apiarian ecology as an immersive multisensory experience, leaving visitors with a lasting flavour of the British landscape.



33,098 node (caps) 

5,711 chord plates 

31,176 spacer plates 

28,782 rods 

891 LEDs  

38 panels for the glass floor 

72 balustrade panels  

80  fittings 

18 columns 

4 ring beam segments 

33,098 node bolts 

16,549 hex stud  

16,549 screw for locating upper node cap 

2,856  estimated splice bolts 

378  lengths of LED ductwork 




Artist + Creative Lead
Wolfgang Buttress

Architecture, landscape architecture and environmental engineering: BDP

Structural Engineers:  Simmonds Studio

AV & Graphic Content:
Squint Opera  

Pavilion Manufacture And Production: 
Stage One

Physicist and Bee Expert:
Dr. Martin Bencsik:  Nottingham Trent University

Sound & Acoustic Consultants:
Hoare Lea