The UK Pavilion is a true collaboration between art, science and landscape. As such, the role of the landscape architect in the successful delivery of the project was crucial. The landscape forms a core aspect of the scheme, covering around 60% of the site area. The Landscape Architect was instrumental in developing the artist’s concept for the Pavilion from the initial competition stage through to completion on site. As part of this process, they undertook visits to nurseries to inspect trees and discuss the specification / use of wildflower turf on the scheme, developed the contours / levels for the site and worked with the contractor to develop innovative solutions to detailing within the landscape.

The role of the client was to ensure the Pavilion was designed to reflect the innovative and creative talent of the UK, whilst ensuring that the project remained within the budget. The contractor, Stage One, was given the responsibility of managing directly the design team and using their past major event experience (in recent years they were responsible for the London Olympics and Sochi Winter Olympics opening ceremonies) to help deliver a logistically difficult project within challenging timescales and to budget.

The idea for the Pavilion was the brainchild of internationally acclaimed artist Wolfgang Buttress. Wolfgang was creative lead throughout the duration of the design stages, ensuring that the final scheme was delivered in line with his original vision. Wolfgang and Tristan Simmonds Structural Engineer were responsible for designing the Hive, an open lattice structure formed out of 169,300 pieces of aluminium and steel.

BDP Architects played an important role in designing the accommodation required as part of the Pavilion brief. BDP Lighting were also responsible for designing all the internal and external lighting throughout the scheme, including the array of 1000 LED’s within the Hive which glow and pulse in response to signals received from a real bee hive back in the UK.

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