Marshland Discovery Zone, Purfleet Building, Essex

Marshland Discovery Zone Purfleet, New Essex Building, Architects, Design

Marshland Discovery Zone, Purfleet, Essex, UK : Information

Marshland Discovery Zone Essex, east England – design by Peter Beard_LANDROOM

19 May 2011

Marshland Discovery Zone, Purfleet

Design: Peter Beard_LANDROOM

Marshland Discovery Zone Marshland Discovery Zone Purfleet Essex
photos © Sue Barr

RIBA Award winner, 19th May 2011

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.

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photos © Sue Barr

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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photos © Sue Barr

Marshland Discovery Zone Purfleet – Building Information

Title: Marshland Discovery Zone
Location: Purfleet
Architect: Peter Beard_LANDROOM
Client: RSPB Rainham Marshes
Contractor: Kind and Company (Builders)
Contract Value: £ 600,000
Date of completion: Mar 2009
Gross internal area: 83 sqm

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