The UK’s Seed Cathedral is the best pavilion at the 2010 Expo, hands down. After getting a chance to go inside, I’ve decided I want to not only worship but live amongst its 60,000 fiber-optic-lit seeds. Wouldn’t you?
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I’ve been inside many of the pavilions here (a look at many of them is coming up in a few hours), and the UK’s does everything right: an interesting, thoughtful (but not overwrought) concept, a form that matches that concept seamlessly, absolutely stunning visuals, a sense of humor, and practicality–it’s a comfortable place to be. You leave feeling not as if you’re personally acquainted with every person in the UK or the passions that lie at the heart of the country and its people (the king of all Expo cliches)–no, you leave wishing thanks to the Brits for giving you such a nice place to spend an hour or so. And that’s a good feeling.