An exciting opportunity to design an exemplar development, showcasing green principles, design and materials. The brief required a user friendly, accessible building with low running costs, promoting good practice and ‘dark skies’ design. The final concept for the rural visitors centre incorporates a cafe, training and seminar office, set around a central courtyard, pond/ swale, vegetable and herb gardens. A sedum roof canopy forms a covered working space.
A clear environmental strategy for the design includes: