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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The United Kingdom’s participation at the Expo Milan 2015 aims to raise global public awareness of the impact that food production and consumption has on people’s lives around the world.
Project Manager: AECOM |Principal Contractor: Stage One| Soft Landscape Contractor: Heyland Landscapes | Artist / Creative Lead: Wolfgang Buttress | Design team: BDP (Landscape Architects, Architects, Lighting, Acoustics, Building Services, Civil Engineer), Movement Strategies (Movement/Circulation Consultant), The Hive Simmonds Studio (Structural Engineer), Nottingham Trent University (Physicist & Researcher), Squint/Opera (Graphics)
Thomas Heatherwick at the 2010 Shanghai Expo, the UKTI needed something equally as impressive but which had a very strong ‘story’ associated with it. The Pavilion that has been created showcases how UK innovation, creativity and leadership are ‘Feeding the Planet’ in a highly innovative and sustainable way. In June 2015, the Pavilion was visited by the Prime Minister David Cameron and the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on what was the UK National Day at the Expo.
The success of the Pavilion can be measured by the number of people who have visited it – 500,000 in the first 7 weeks and a further 100,000 in the following 2 weeks, surpassing all expectations by the client. The Pavilion is a temporary ‘structure’ which will be taken down after the Expo finishes on 31st Oct 2015. The hope is that the Hive will be repatriated back to the UK once a suitable home has been found for it. The majority of the rest of the materials will be recycled or reused, for example the trees will be donated to the local Milan community. The site has to be returned to its original state.