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The Seed Cathedral

(BAD) Blog About Design: The Seed Cathedral

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Seed Cathedral

The Seed Cathedral was designed by Heatherwick Studio. “The Seed Cathedral is a platform to show the work of the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew and their Millennium Seedbank. In the circulation zone under the landscape that surrounds the Seed Cathedral a series of installations explore in more detail the particularity of nature and UK cities. The Seed Cathedral is a 20-metre high building, constructed from 60,000 transparent 7.5-metre long optical strands, each of which has embedded within its tip a seed. The interior is silent and illuminated only by the daylight that has filtered past each seed through each optical hair. The UK Pavilion has consistently been ranked by visitors as one of the most popular pavilions with 50,000 people visiting each day.”(ABOVE) The simplicity of the structure is what give it its beauty. Standing further away, you question what materials are used to construct the structure. If you look at the center of the structure you will notice a black star. (BELOW 1) The structure appears to be rounded at the corners. In addition, the black center star appears to extend to the other side of the structure. (BELOW 2) A close up shows the actual seeds. Each seed is different and brings a different life to the pavilion. (BELOW 3) The open blacktop allows the structure to stand out. In addition, the open blacktop allows people to sit in front of the pavilion and admire its magnificence.

Create This Look In Your Home:

Whether you buy these items or ones at a cheaper cost, the key to recreating the look of UK Pavilion in your home is to bring in white,  and reflective and natural materials. The Poly Scrap Chair by Max Lamb is from Johnson Trading Gallery. The clean lines and light color of the chair represent the structure as a whole. The Crystal Sputnik Chandelier by Venini is from Stripe. The Italian 1970s chandelier represents the clear material that holds the seeds. The Contemporary Side Table by Aurelien Gallet is from Maison Gerard. The legs resembles the clear material that holds the seeds. The Vintage Swedish Rug is from Doris Leslie Blau. The clean lines and natural colors represent both the structure and seeds. You can add as little or as much to your space as you want. Don't follow rules, just do.



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