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
38 panels for the glass floor
72 balustrade panels
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
Architecture, landscape architecture and environmental engineering: BDP
Structural Engineers: Simmonds Studio
AV & Graphic Content:
Pavilion Manufacture And Production:
Physicist and Bee Expert:
Dr. Martin Bencsik: Nottingham Trent University
Sound & Acoustic Consultants: