Monday, June 23, 2008

Orquideorama the trees growing together

The town of Medellin, Colombia, got another architectural addition. An amazing botanical garden with a superstructure called Orquideorama. This steel and wood structure in an hexagonal shape extends through its organic shape. The renovation was done by Plan B architects and the idea was to make a structure that looks like trees growing together at the branches. A stunning study on structure and scale, the project unites the micro and macro worlds through an elegant synthesis of cellular and architectural forms. The plants situated beneath each trunk are sustained via rainwater collected by the petals, and are protected from the elements by the translucent pine wood weave that is sourced from reforested lands.

The project serves as a showroom, concert area and an exposition area. So beautiful.

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