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Project Seed Cathedral for the UK Shanghai Pavilion
Lead Designer Heatherwick Studio
Key Construction Materials steel and timber composite structure, 60,000 fiber optic filaments, aluminum sleeves
Site area 6000 square meters
Seed Cathedral dimensions 25m x 25m x 20m
Seed Cathedral floor area 105 square meters
Optic fibers 60,588
Optic fibers length 7.5 meters
Seeds in Seed Cathedral 217,300
Landscape area 4490 square meters
Public park area 2405 square meters
Accommodation area 1525 square meters
Exhibition area 1280 square meters
Photographer Daniele Mattioli

The Seed Cathedral is 20 meters tall and is formed from 60,000 slender transparent fiber optic rods. Each fiber optic rod is 7.5 meters long and encloses one or more seeds at its tip. During the day, they draw daylight inwards to illuminate the interior. At night, light sources inside each rod allowing the entire structure to glow. When the wind blows the optic “hairs” gently move as they create a dynamic effect for the viewers. Inside the darkened inner chamber of the Seed Cathedral” the tips of the fiber optic filaments form an apparently hovering galaxy of slim vitrines containing a vast array of embedded seeds.”

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