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Sherwood Pine Forest

Architype won a competition to design a new visitor complex for the Sherwood Pines Forest Park, the largest area of woodland open to the public in the East Midlands, which is being developed as a centre of excellence for recreational pursuits.

The design celebrates the most striking feature of the site the magnificent pine trees, through the dynamic use of timber.

A sense of tree branches stretching out into the landscape is reflected through a series of horizontal pavilions radiating from a central arrival space.

Each building is given a distinct identity by using different materials in their wall construction:

Rammed earth for the restaurant

Glass for the information pavilion

Metal for the cycle centre

Roof canopies float above the columns, creating a spectacular contrast with the verticality of the forest pines. Internal spaces and external covered areas are defined by crafted walls.




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