Alumnus Wolfgang Buttress designs the UK Milan Expo Pavilion

A structure, inspired by the unique role of the honeybee, and designed by a team led by NTU Fine Art alumnus Wolfgang Buttress, is currently representing the UK on the world stage at the Milan Expo 2015.

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Approaching the UK Pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015

A structure, inspired by the unique role of the honeybee, is currently representing the UK on the world stage at the Milan Expo 2015.

The UK Pavilion, designed by a team led by NTU alumnus Wolfgang Buttress (BA (Hons) Fine Art 1987), incorporates research carried out by NTU scientist Dr Martin Bencsik, forming a major part of the design.

The Hive, which is the focal point of the UK pavilion site, is a 14m cube aluminium lattice structure based on an abstract re-interpretation of honeycomb. Visitors enter into a spherical void, carved from the centre of the sculpture. Lighting and soundscapes within are directly-inspired by Dr Bencsik's research, with sounds and an array of LED lights flickering in response to live-streamed signals from a real bee colony on NTU’s Clifton campus.

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Inside the UK Pavilion

Commissioned by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), this installation provides an immersive experience for visitors, drawing-upon and showcasing ground-breaking work by Dr Bencsik in monitoring the health of bee colonies. The design aims to highlight the importance of honeybees in food production and prompt the visitor to reflect on sustainability issues.

The collaboration came about after Wolfgang Buttress – who was aware of Dr Bencsik's work – won a much-coveted design competition to find the best team to showcase Britain's distinctive qualities of creativity and enterprise.

Countries from across the globe are showcasing their creativity and innovation at the World Expo which is open now until 31 October 2015 and is expected to attract more than 20 million visitors.

Alumnus Wolfgang Buttress designs the UK Milan Expo Pavilion

Published on 17 June 2015
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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