The Wildflower Centre is a working organisation with regenerative and ecological concerns. The centre offers more than an opportunity to educate; it offers a means by which visitors can understand the whole ethos and process of growing wildflowers.
This competition-winning proposal is for a 160m-long sculpted inhabited wall which extends through the park linking the play/ visitor areas with the working area of the centre within an existing walled garden. The wall is more than simply a building. It is at once a threshold, an enclosure and a link, and its character changes to become different things appropriate to different contexts within the park.
At the east end, the concrete wall is wholly permeable and lined with oak to define covered education areas. Upon entering, this palate is inverted with adjustable oak shutters cloaking an internal skin of concrete to the cafe-bar and offices located at the west end.
An elevated boardwalk caps the wall from which the surrounding parkland and walled garden may be viewed, thus extending the promenade through the centre.
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Whitby Bird & Partners
Robert Rummey Associates
Davis, Langdon & Everest