The Colombian architects Camilo and J. Paul Restrepo realised together with Plan B Arquitectos this highly functional canopy for the Botanical Garden of Medellin, Colombia – a roofing which manages to create an especially good climate for the sensitive flora underneath. The honeycomb like metal structure is covered with slats made of pinewood and provides shading from direct sunlight – a necessary substitute for the shade provided by large trees in the open jungle. Extensive polyester tiles collect the rainwater that gets conducted by a pipe system into the ground.
“The Construction of an Orchideorama should come up of the relation between architecture and the living organisms. It should not make any distinction between natural and artificial; on the contrary, it should accept them as a unity that allows architecture to be conceived as a material, spatial, environmental organization that is deeply related to the processes of life.
The organic is understood in two different scales, and each of them allows us to understand different aspects of the project:
Micro scale: A scale that holds the principles of material organization, defines geometrical patterns, it is nature living structures configuration.
Visual – external scale: It allows us to relate phenomenologically and environmentally to the world, and perceive, notice the world.”
“The microscale of the organic, such as its capacity to be organized in precise laws of geometry patterns (Direct example: Honeycomb structure), allows us to build a single module (we call it Flower – tree, which mean a flower form figure with the size and properties of a tree), that when it becomes systematically repeated, it allows us to define growing properties, its evolution and its adaptability. Its geometry.
The big scale of biomorphic structures, and in this case specifically: Flowers or/and tress allows us to define perception as a situation where visitors can feel the extension of a forest, a shadow garden. In the other hand it allows us display a set of technical facilities such as collecting water and to structure the modules as hollow trunks.”
Felipe Mesa + Alejandro Bernal (Planb architects)
Camilo Restrepo + J. Paul Restrepo
Viviana Peña, Catalina Patiño, Carolina Gutiérrez, Lina Gil, Jorge Buitrago
Construction campany: Ménsula S.A.
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