Shanghai 2010 Expo pavilions near completion

UK Heatherwick’s 20m-high British pavilion stands on a huge concrete-faceted plinth and is made up of 60,000 transparent acrylic tubes, each of which holds a seed from Kew Gardens’ Millennium Seed Bank.

As series of spectacular pavilions is taking shape in Shanghai for the 2010 expo, and Thomas Heatherwick’s design for the UK is no exception, but what message is it sending out?

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