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Visitor centre in Preston
What looks like the shingle roof landscape of a prehistoric lake dwelling from afar, is in fact the new visitor centre for the Lancashire Wildlife Trust at Brockholes Nature Reserve.
Architects: Adam Khan Architects, London
The location in the flood area between river and motorway, calls for an unconventional approach: The complex is designed as a floating island.
A concrete pontoon permits the water level to rise by up to three metres. Four steel posts anchor the oak-clad ensemble.
The steeply pitched shingle roofs are a distinctive feature of the visitor centre.