NATIONAL WILDFLOWER CENTER

UK, Knowsley

- 2009
National Wildflower Center Birdseye
National Wildflower Center Exterior Rendering
National Wildflower Center Interior Rendering
National Wildflower Center Competition Board
National Wildflower Center Birdseye
National Wildflower Center Exterior Rendering
National Wildflower Center Interior Rendering
National Wildflower Center Competition Board

Design Team

Jordan Parnass, Darrick Borowski, Randy Plemel, Sean Karns, Danny Orenstein, Anthony Moon, Nick Dewald, Christine Collister, Tara Shoenholz, Jeroen Geuens, Malin Schaedel

Inspired by flower dispersal patterns, "Floating Meadow" is a lightweight biomorphic structure which harvests rainwater while supporting a living canopy of wildflowers and local grasses. The building takes the efficiency of natural forms and structural systems as its model, but pairs them with high tech materials and methods to achieve economy of construction and operation. A sea of intermingling colors washing across a meadow is arguably the most potent and poetic portrayal of the wildflower. The field, while outwardly chaotic in its arrangement, has an inherent highly organized and mathematical story. It is an organic documentation of unplanned rhythms: wind patterns, animal and insect trajectories and temperature fluctuations. This proposal is a pairing of the idyllic image of the meadow with the complex and naturally occurring systems from which it takes shape.