”Britain’s central contribution to bettering city life has been the creation of garden squares, public parks (which Britain pioneered), individual gardens, window boxes and allotments. There is, in the British mind, a profound value in maintaining a direct connection with nature. Urban and suburban gardens are among the richest and most diverse habitats for wildlife in the UK.” say the officials about the role of the pavilion in Shanghai EXPO.
The centerpiece of the UK pavilion is a six storey high object, known as the Seed Cathedral, formed from 60,000 slender transparent rods, which extend from the structure and quiver in the breeze. Each of the rod holds a plant seed from Kew Botanical gardens, which illuminate the interior during the day while these light sources make the structure glow at night.
In addition to its architectural importance, UK pavilion stands to be an spectacular art piece .