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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Great Fens Visitor Centre in wetland, Uk by Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects

 
October 8th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects

The proposal creates a holistic vision for the heart of the ambitious Great Fen masterplan.  The visitor experience is conceived to be delightful, interactive and informative with the Visitor Centre interwoven within a large mosaic of differing fen landscapes and habitats. Paths and canals radiate from the Visitor Centre to link with the rich wetland landscape.

 Image Courtesy © Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects

Image Courtesy © Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects

  • Architects: Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects
  • Project: Great Fens Visitor Centre
  • Location: wetland, Uk
  • Landscape Archietct: Englebeck Studio – Luke Englebeck
  • Structural Engineer: Techniker – Matthew Wells
  • Services Engineer: Synergy – Jim Grace
  • Cost Consultant: Exigere – Richard Hopper

 Image Courtesy © Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects

Image Courtesy © Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects

The Visitor Centre proposes a striking but sympathetic silhouette to create an iconic presence promoting it from afar. It is composed of familiar agrarian structures; thatched and lean-to timber barns, and the whole ensemble floats over the new landscape. Panoramic windows and external terraces further enhance the relationship between the Centre and the Fen landscape and habitats.  A Camera Obscura / Lookout Tower provides extended aerial views over the new Fenlands.

The whole project is conceived to use vernacular materials, create local employment and a highly sustainable, energy efficient and ‘Zero Carbon’ Visitor Centre.

 Image Courtesy © Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects

Image Courtesy © Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects

 Image Courtesy © Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects

Image Courtesy © Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects

 Image Courtesy © Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects

Image Courtesy © Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects

 Image Courtesy © Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects

Image Courtesy © Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects

 Image Courtesy © Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects

Image Courtesy © Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects

 Image Courtesy © Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects

Image Courtesy © Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects

 Image Courtesy © Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects

Image Courtesy © Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects

 Image Courtesy © Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects

Image Courtesy © Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects

 Image Courtesy © Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects

Image Courtesy © Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects

 Image Courtesy © Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects

Image Courtesy © Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects

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