Reception buildings botanical garden Meise

Reception buildings botanical garden Meise

Architecte
NU Architectuuratelier
Lieu
Meise, Belgium | View Map
Année du projet
2021
Catégorie
Parcs
© Stijn Bollaert

Reception buildings botanical garden Meise

NU Architectuuratelier en tant que Architectes.

The new reception areas integrate harmoniously into the existing garden like a tranquil architectural landscape. The intervention gives a powerful and innovative impulse to a visit to the botanical garden in Meise.

photo_credit © Stijn Bollaert
© Stijn Bollaert

The strength of the new reception structure lies in the contrast between the horizontal architecture and the verticality of the surrounding trees and the imposing Herbarium building. By designing the building in a canopy structure, indoor and outdoor spaces flow seamlessly into one another. The building is present, but subordinate to the existing landscape. At the same time, new inviting squares are organised at both entrances, bringing the public domain into the garden.

photo_credit © Stijn Bollaert
© Stijn Bollaert

The reception structures have different functions. There is a tourist reception, a garden shop, a small catering point, a multifunctional hall, guest rooms, the offices for the public and the caretakers’ houses. NU architectuuratelier is consciously committed to a smart combination of flexibility, sustainability and far-reaching pragmatism.

photo_credit © Stijn Bollaert
© Stijn Bollaert

The structure is simple: seemingly independent prefab concrete crosses support a wooden deck, which shelters both interior and exterior spaces. The project has been thought through and materialised very consistently. This makes for a peaceful architecture that serves and harmonises with its natural surroundings. For both visitors and staff, every space and detail has been ruthlessly rethought and simplified.

photo_credit © Stijn Bollaert
© Stijn Bollaert

The project also includes the restoration and redevelopment of the former Flemish farmstead on the grounds.

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