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Architecture from Commission to Construction by Jennifer Hudson

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UK Pavilion, Shanghai World Expo 2010

Heatherwick Studio

Location: Shanghai, China

Principal use: Exhibition space

Client: Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Site area: 6,000 m2 (64,583½ ft2)

Interior area of Seed Cathedral: 105 m2 (1,130¼ ft2)

Interior area of accommodation: 1,630 m2 (17,545 ft2)

Total build area: 4,035 m2 (43,432 ft2)

Design period: January 2008 – December 2009

Construction period: January 2009 – April 2010

Budget: £13,200,000

The 2010 Shanghai World Fair was the biggest event of its kind since the expo phenomenon began in 1851 with the Great Exhibition, held in the Crystal Palace erected in London’s Hyde Park. Historically, expos have given rise to architectural landmarks: the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Mies van der Rohe’s German ...

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