visual for new visitors centre with thatched roof and curved walls surrounded by wildflowers

Langley Vale Visitors Hub

A new sustainable countryside visitor centre at Langley Vale
Location Langley Vale, Surrey
Status Concept
Use Public
Client Woodland Trust

Our RIBA competition entry for a new Woodland Trust visitors hub with a sustainable ethos.

This concept design formed our entry for the recent RIBA competition for a new visitor hub and memorial for the Langley Vale Woodland Trust. The team pulled together to get this speculative project pitch-ready.

visitor centre visual sector

The proposal used sustainable natural materials such as oak cladding, rammed earth and thatch as an architectural statement to promote the ethos of the Woodland Trust.

The external, sculptural form is traditional in character but contemporary in form and detail, with internal spaces that are designed to be reflective through the palette of simple building materials. The green oak cladding posts form a colonnade walkway that filters light into the building like the woodland visitor centre, the proposal would serve as a WW1 memorial using rammed earth walls and a meadow of wild flowers aimed to inspire contemplation and reflection.

visitors centre visual site analysis
visual axo diagram of oval shaped visitors centre
visual of visitors centre with thatched roof surrounded by a wild flower meadow
visitors centre sketch from distant view