A couple of the buildings shortlisted for the 2011 Brit Insurance awards , held in collaboration with the Design Museum, caught our eye. The Seed Cathedral by Heatherwick Studio was the center piece at the UK pavilion as part of Shanghai Expo last year. 20 Meter high and made from 60,000 slender transparent rods which draw light into the structure during the day and at night glow thanks to the light sources inside each one. The rods contain seeds from the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew and 50 ,000 people visited each day. Continue for a barn unlike any other you have seen – we promise.
OK, so it isn’t really a barn, it is a holiday home, but it is called Balancing Barn and it is the creation of Alain de Botton‘s Living Architecture firm. We love the silver tiles, the sense of drama and we’re sure the views are wonderful. We are, however, more than a little scared by that swing. That said, there is something impressive about a building with such an apparently perilous plaything being nominated for an award by, of all things, an insurance company.