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Milan Expo 2015: Wolfgang Buttress Completes UK Pavilion's "Virtual Beehive"

Milan Expo 2015: Wolfgang Buttress Completes UK Pavilion's "Virtual Beehive"
Milan Expo 2015: Wolfgang Buttress Completes UK Pavilion's "Virtual Beehive" , © Hufton+Crow
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Wolfgang Buttress' “pulsating” beehive is one of the first pavilions to complete for the 2015 Milan Expo. Serving as the UK's contribution, “BE,” the “virtual hive” is designed to highlight the plight of the honeybee and offer an “immersive sensory experience” that leaves visitors with a “lasting flavor of the British landscape.”

Comprised of a 14-meter lattice structure, made from 169,300 pieces of aluminum and steel, the domed structure sits at the end of a meandering wildflower meadow that leads visitors to the "hive." Once inside, a sensory composition of audio and visual effects will mimic the activity of an existing beehive in Nottingham. 

A look inside the beehive, after the break. 

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Rendering. Image © Wolfgang Buttress
Rendering. Image © Wolfgang Buttress

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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "Milan Expo 2015: Wolfgang Buttress Completes UK Pavilion's "Virtual Beehive" " 16 Apr 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/620392/milan-expo-2015-wolfgang-buttress-completes-uk-s-virtual-beehive/> ISSN 0719-8884
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