Thomas Heatherwick: Building the Seed Cathedral

We are so inspired by the conversations coming out of the TED and architect Thomas Heatherwick’s recent talk on his bio-inspired designs and the Seed Cathedral did not disappoint. The Seed Cathedral, designed by Heatherwick, was built to represent the UK in the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai. This 20-metre (over 65 feet) high building was constructed from 60,000 transparent 7.5-metre long optical strands, each strand was embedded with a seed in its tip. The award-winning Cathedral was a popular exhibit at the Expo, with over 70 million people entering its doors to see the design’s incredible illumination from within.

The Heatherwick Studio used the Seed Cathedral as a platform to showcase the work being done by the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew and their Millennium Seedbank. This design won the prestigious RIBA Lubetkin Prize (RIBA) from the Royal Institute of British Architects for the most outstanding work of international architecture.

Take a look at Thomas Heatherwick on the TED speaking about his contribution to bio-inspired designs and his work on the Seed Cathedral.

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