The UK pavilion for the World Expo 2015 in Milan which resembles a giant beehive at the centre of a wildflower meadow has been completed.
Nottingham-based artist Wolfgang Buttress teamed up with architectural practice BDP and engineering firm Stage One to build the structure.
According to the design team, visitors to the pavilion will “follow the dance of a bee” through different landscapes from an orchard, though an area of planters before arriving at the aluminium beehive-like structure
It is made of a lattice of bent metal rods and will integrate audio and visual effects responding to movements of a real beehive back in the UK.
“Inspired by scientific research and ground-breaking UK technology which monitors the health of beehives, the UK Pavilion is a great example of how UK creativity, business and science can be combined to solve a global challenge,” said the organisers.
The Milan Expo will take place between 1 May and 31 October with the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” and will showcase designs centred around sustainability, technology and food.