Britain's Expo pavilion inspired by honey bee

The design for the British pavilion at Milan's Expo2015, inspired by the life and work of the honey bee, has been won by Wolfgang Buttress. When it is built visitors to the British pavilion at Milan's Expo2015 will be able to walk through a meadow into an orchard where the focal point will be a honeycomb-like structure.

The €6 million contract for construction has been awarded to two British companies, Stage One and RISE.

Wolfgang Buttress has a small studio in Nottingham and earlier this year won the Kajima Gold Award in Japan for his work Space. Construction consultants Stage One and project managers RISE, which specialise in temporary structures, are based in York and London.

The British minister of trade said the British pavilion “will promote the UK's world leading expertise in the creative, life sciences, agri-tech, food and drink sectors to our top trade and investment partners.” He also said that it would build on the reputation that the British pavilion won at the Shanghai Expo in 2010 and the London Olympic Games in 2012.

The winners were announced by Prince Harry during a visit to the MAXXI Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome on 18 May.

The theme of Expo2015, which opens in Milan on 1 May next year, is Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.