Thomas Heatherwick: Building the Seed Cathedral

In this talk, courtesy of TED, architect Thomas Heatherwick shows five recent projects featuring ingenious bio-inspired designs. Some are remakes of the ordinary: a bus, a bridge, a power station. One is an extraordinary pavilion, the Seed Cathedral, which is a celebration of growth and light. The team re-designed a bus for Transport of London which would allow people to get on and off when they wanted. The brief was that the bus should use 40 percent less energy and so they improved everything from the fabric to the format and structure and aesthetics, including a hybrid drive. Heatherwick was also commissioned to design a bridge which opened, and this design shows an ingenious piece of engineering. For the seed cathedral, the team trapped 66,000 seeds in optical tubes which were threaded through the box structure, creating a building that could move in the wind. Curriculum links include energy efficient design, biomimicry, architecture

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