Canon 7d with Canon 10-22mm wide angle lens. Processed in cs4 with reflector and old film effects.
Part of the floating visitors’centre at Brockholes nature reserve near Preston, Lancs. The centre floats in the middle of the largest lake.It sits on a concrete raft, made buoyant by hollow chambers held by four steel posts to stop it drifting across the lake. This is the building’s way of dealing with flooding, to which the site is prone. It can rise up to three metres, which would only be necessary in a catastrophe, but will regularly go up and down by 400mm over a year. it is designed by Adam Khan. it brings the visitor close to nature and will be great when the reed grow up.
The winning design has been named ‘A Floating World’ and draws on the rich tradition of wetland dwellings, a floating world of thatch, reeds and willow.
Recalling the Marsh Arabs of southern Iraq, neolithic settlements of Northern Europe, and the fabulous towering constructions of storks and herons. An island of pontoons gives unlimited flood protection, and brings the visitor straight to the very special environment of the wetlands; among the reed-beds at the water’s edge.
The project is zero-carbon in both use and production, with materials of low embodied energy – thatch, willow, timber, off-site prefabrication and on-site energy generation and waste treatment.
This reserve hasn’t been open long and is still in its infancy. Yesterday I saw a flock of marsh warblers, a heron and a deer.as well as the more usual ducks and swans.