This is a speculative orchidarium about a biological architecture that grows and changes as much as its users and inhabitants. It is a place to document, record, study, and ultimately exhibit both real and synthetic orchids for the public.
Typically, buildings are designed to keep nature out. However, this building, being a place for orchids and people, reverses this relationship automatically. It is about looking at aspects of plant life which are traditionally seen as negative and making them work not only for the building but also as the building. In this case, the skin of the building allows for the growth of moss, mold, vegetation, and other organics to become apart of the facade. Tree roots and other systems are also allowed to infiltrate through the exterior and into the structural core of the building. The accumulation of these processes over time results in a building that is just as alive as the things and people that occupy it.
Created by Ryan Cook with Jason Johnson. School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (SAPL), University of Calgary, 2014.