Kew's Millennium Seed Bank at Shanghai Expo 2010
Kew 's Millennium Seed Bank provides the central theme for the UK Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010.
Developed by one of the UK 's leading creative talents, Thomas Heatherwick, the UK Pavilion's design incorporates thousands of seeds representing the world's biodiversity.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office leads the UK's participation in Shanghai Expo 2010, which provides a key opportunity to enhance UK-China partnership through arts, education, culture, business, science and environmental and conservation issues such as climate change.
The theme of the Shanghai Expo 2010 is ‘ Better City , Better Life'.
The centrepiece of the UK 's offering is the extraordinary pavilion building - a six storey high object formed from some 60,000 slender transparent rods, which will extend from the structure and quiver in the breeze. During the day, each of these 7.5m long rods will act like fibre optic filaments, drawing on daylight to illuminate the interior, thereby creating a contemplative awe-inspiring space. At night, light sources at the interior end of each rod will allow the whole structure to glow. The pavilion will sit on a landscape looking like paper that once wrapped the building and that now lies unfolded on the site. The landscape provides an open space for public events and shelter for visitors making their way into the pavilion structure.