Not an illusion. That’s a real building (10 Photos)

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seed cathedral 51 Not an illusion. Thats a real building (10 Photos)
Looking like a hedgehog with over 60,000 7.5m-long transparent acrylic rods shooting out of the building, the United Kingdom Pavilion will debut at the Shanghai World Expo. The cost? Only about $40 Million. Aside from impaling skydivers, the revolutionary structure is expected to host almost 250,000 people a day.

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  • Northern Lights

    i had to double take on this one

  • Tombody

    that is just about fucking cool

  • Nicnac

    looks like a tribble… hope it doesn’t begin multiplying…

    • HellHathNoFury

      That’s the trouble with Tribbles.

      • yeahsure

        Star trek quotes are hot…Ds9 or original i would wonder….trouble with trombloids.


    Ah man….. You missed out the biggest and most important feature of this building… Its actually a “seed library”. Which explains picture 7.

    Encased within each acrylic rod is a seed. So in the event a particular species is extinct, they can re-germinate them…!

    • HellHathNoFury

      That’s so freakin awesome! I think it would be so much cooler if they put herb seeds on each with soil packed in, so when it rains, it look like a giant chia pet.

      • garp

        …I dunno, we’re putting a lot of faith in some future generation that on onehand causes an extinction but then also has the as-of-yet-undiscovered ability to remove a fragile seed from acrylic encasement, or gives a shit to….hey R2D2, do you remember where we put those acrylic shafts?

        • ROR

          and a lot of faith that whatever gets used to wipe out the plants won’t also blow this building straight to hell, which would make this building a epic waste of time.

  • slutifer

    collest looking building in the world! :)

  • justme

    for some reason I would be afraid of the bathrooms in that building

  • nelly02

    Bloody brilliant!

  • Robi5150

    Huh? I’m confused. What’s the purpose…sit on a bench, drop acid and enjoy?

    • bb

      It’s England’s pavillion at this year’s World Expo in Shanghai.

  • Matt

    uhhhh cool i guess. but whats the point?

  • big dog

    Where is the door?

  • CMG

    You’ll have to put that thing far from any trees. Imagine cleaning fallen leaves from it. :O

  • LOL

    All I see is a BOATLOAD of power washing/dusting. Yeah cool…kinda…but the real purpose is what? Making it just because we can? We could do what with the $40 million? Save a lot more than 60,000 seeds. Doing the math on that, it comes out to $666.67 per seed…hmmm…coincidence? Just sayin’…



    • covalic

      Pierdolnij się w czaszkę i nie rób lipy dla wykopu.

      Thx for sharing.

  • KraZe_EyE

    This is actually a prototype time machine that is disguised as an art deco piece.

  • reut71

    Big waste of money.


    looks like it will be good to skate.

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  • jenny

    That is the most stupidest piece of architecture ever. 40mil? those designers need to go hang themselves for being so lame.

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  • @andysyson

    That's insane!

  • Schteeve

    it's the new denver international airport.

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