FLORA is a mass-timber analysis pavilion in Barcelona's forest cover

A group of scholars and researchers from Barcelona’s Institute for Superior Structure of Catalonia has constructed a hillside timber pavilion with hanging walkways nestled within the bushes.

Known as FLORA, an acronym for Forest Lab for Observational Analysis and Evaluation, the pavilion is a scientific facility that can permit a researcher to dwell and work within the forest cover.

FLORA was designed by Institute for Superior Structure of Catalonia

Led by course administrators Daniel Ibáñez and Vicente Guallart, the set up was developed by a group of scholars and researchers of the Masters in Superior Ecological Buildings and Biocities (MAEBB) programme on the Institute for Superior Structure of Catalonia (IAAC).

“The mission seeks to be immersed inside nature and to create an ecological interactive prototype,” the IAAC advised Dezeen.

Photo of FLORA
It’s a scientific facility

The pavilion was constructed on the grounds of the IAAC’s Valldaura Labs within the Collserola Pure Park in Barcelona, which has over 1,000 species of crops and ten billion bushes.

FLORA permits a researcher to review native biodiversity and the way the results of local weather change are influencing the pure park.

The pavilion is comprised of mass timber processed by the scholars and researchers on website. Constructed from invasive pine bushes sourced inside the park, the mission had a philosophy of “zero-kilometre supplies”.

Photo of the timber research studio
It’s constructed from timber

“The first constructing materials is timber, obtained from the environment, with out the necessity of a provide chain,” stated the IAAC.

Seventy bushes had been lower and processed by the design group to create cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels, laminated beams, and strong wooden parts utilizing the sawmill and small CLT press accessible on the structure faculty.

The 8.5m tall construction is long-established from a CLT core which rests on timber columns constructed into the hillside. Hanging glulam bridges hyperlink the elevated construction again to the highest of the slope. The longest bridge spans roughly 12 metres.

The CLT core is clad in two layers of pure cork panels to offer thermal and acoustic insulation.

Photo of FLORA from a walkway
It was constructed into the treeline

A mesh web is pulled taut across the core and walkways of the pavilion. Taking inspiration from a hunter’s nest, the online was designed digitally after which woven collectively by hand.

“The online intends to raised camouflage the mission by permitting crops to unfold alongside it,” the IAAC defined. “[It blends] the construction with the forest so as to conceal it from the encompassing wildlife.”

Photo of a person on the pavilion
Cork clads the outside of the inner construction

Contained in the pavilion, CLT is used to create built-in furnishings for working and viewing platforms for birdwatching. The inside additionally homes a fowl radio, fowl homes and a projection area.

The design of the pavilion was impressed by the work and elevated walkways of American biologist Margaret D Lowman. Informally referred to as “Cover Meg”, she is taken into account a pioneer within the science of cover ecology – learning natural world present in forest treetops.

Photo of the interior of the research facility
It takes inspiration from hunter’s nests

The IAAC is a centre targeted on revolutionary and ecological building and has been energetic for the final 22 years.

IAAC college students have additionally designed and constructed a prototype Photo voltaic Greenhouse for vitality era and meals manufacturing and a quarantine cabin for self-isolation referred to as The Voxel.

Pictures is by Adrià Goula.