A combination of local materials was used for the creation of this beautiful pavilion at the Kew Wakehurst botanic gardens in West Sussex, England. The pavilion is one of five temporary installations, adorning the space at the moment. The structure was built by London-based studio Flea Folly Architects and it is called the False Banana Pavilion. Inspired by the detailing and form of traditional Ethiopian dwellings, the designers intended to “highlight the importance of enset, a flowering plant in the banana family that provides a food source for more than 20 million people in Ethiopia.” The structure has a timber frame and is clad in woven hazel branches and compressed water-reed sheets.
The local materials, sourced for this project, are entirely natural and serve to create what Flea Folly Architects call “a vernacular piece of architecture.”
Image Credit: Jim Holden