Great Fen
RIBA Competition Entry
The proposal is routed in nature, specifically using the characteristics of key Fen species to inspire the fabric of the design. The geometric Fibonacci spiral of the alder cone, revealed in a land art grid of braided wetlands, define fluctuations in Fenland hydrology and wildlife between seasons.

Slightly raised, the building takes its volumetric form from the reed rhizome. Using natural materials the design supports learning and the observation of an abundant wildlife through it’s architecture.

Distinct and unique, the building embodies Great Fen characteristics – pronounced man-made silhouettes, strong visual contrasts in light and colour, and the effects of seasonal change on the landscape under a three quarter sky.

Within a natural setting of island habitats, inter-connected by a series of wetland braids, the building’s distinct contemporary, low carbon, low energy architecture resonates with its surroundings through its use of materials and spaces.

Constructed from natural materials, modified and responsibly sourced timber, the proposed building will employ the latest technology to help deliver a place of regional and national significance.
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Distinct and unique, the building embodies Great Fen characteristics – pronounced man-made silhouettes, strong visual contrasts in light and colour, and the effects of seasonal change on the landscape under a three quarter sky.

Within a natural setting of island habitats, inter-connected by a series of wetland braids, the building’s distinct contemporary, low carbon, low energy architecture resonates with its surroundings through its use of materials and spaces.

Constructed from natural materials, modified and responsibly sourced timber, the proposed building will employ the latest technology to help deliver a place of regional and national significance.
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