National Wildflower Centre

Knowsley / United Kingdom / 2008

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Set in the tranquil Court Hey Park, the Centre exists to raise awareness of wildflowers and to promote the creation of new wildflower habitats. The design was the winner in 2009 of an RIBA competition for a new sustainable visitor attraction with planting workshops. The dynamic form of the scheme is inspired by the natural environment and it is fully embedded with its landscape context. A sweeping ‘rammed-earth’ wall is a boundary with the gardens that draws visitors to a generous glazed entrance foyer. Taking its form from the symmetry of a flower head, the main exhibition space is captured as a single elegant volume. The proposals are designed to be carbon-neutral in operation and to achieve a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating.
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    Set in the tranquil Court Hey Park, the Centre exists to raise awareness of wildflowers and to promote the creation of new wildflower habitats. The design was the winner in 2009 of an RIBA competition for a new sustainable visitor attraction with planting workshops. The dynamic form of the scheme is inspired by the natural environment and it is fully embedded with its landscape context. A sweeping ‘rammed-earth’ wall is a boundary with the gardens that draws visitors to a generous glazed...

    Project details
    • Year 2008
    • Client 'National Wildflower Centre'
    • Status Current works
    • Type Multi-purpose Cultural Centres
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