Marshland Discovery Zone

Marshland Discovery Zone - exterior

Marshland Discovery Zone, exterior

Architect: Peter Beard_LANDROOM

Client: RSPB Rainham Marshes

Photographer: Sue Barr

Three rusty old sea containers dumped on a marsh would not normally be perceived as having any aesthetic or practical value. Still less might they be thought capable of forming a place for exploration and delight. But the inherent rawness of these corten containers allows them to retain their industrial identity even as they are re-invented as places for observation and learning. Minor modifications have been cleverly inserted to maintain an ambiguity of meaning that is entirely appropriate to the activity and setting.

This project is not concerned with the traditional architectural skills of managing form and materials, rather it is about revaluing things that on the surface no longer seem to have any use. And encouraging others to do likewise.

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