UK Pavilion Creates Best Buzz of Milan
With a total of 169,300 individual components, a relatively small and restricted site and around a year from appointment to delivery, this was an extremely complex project, but one which played to our strengths and experience.
The long and narrow plot suited the narrative of Wolfgang Buttress’s design, following the bee’s journey through the British landscape via a succession of zones including ‘swarm wall’, orchard, meadow and Hive. Here, audio and LED lighting hum and pulsate in direct response to a beehive in the UK.
Over 4,500 CAD hours went into developing workshop drawings before machining, finishing and packaging each component in specific batches. Each item was etched with its own reference number relating to specific positions within the Hive’s complex warren of hexagonal cells, ensuring our crew could complete the on-site construction in good time.