The Butterfly House at Landmark Forest Adventure Park is a new addition for the 2016 season.
With average internal temperatures of 26 degrees celsius and humidity of around 80%, the new 400m² building creates a truly tropical visitor experience nestled in amongst the park’s ancient pine trees.
Landmark approached Fordingbridge in September 2015 with the requirement of creating an iconic new building, capable of creating the perfect environment for the planned new visitor offering of butterflies, fish and tropical birds.
We worked closely with Landmark and their architect through a comprehensive design process, drawing on our design capabilities and experience to achieve a cohesive balance of functionality and wow factor.
The building’s design uses our proven tapered trellis design and takes it to the next level with half-trusses fanning out at either end to create great curves. The roof uses our unique inflated twin-skin system which allows daylight in whilst maintaining thermal properties and insulating the space.
Externally, glulam timber buttresses follow the radius of the roof curve to ground level creating a modern colonnade around the building’s perimeter.
The project is a great example of a speedy journey from initial enquiry through to start on site, with exhibit ready in time for the park’s Summer season.
The Butterfly House is now home to 200 butterflies, 12 fish and will soon also house a selection of tropical birds. The video below shows timelapse footage of the construction: