The investigation of landscape, nature and ecology in contemporary art has its roots, in part, in the legacy of Romanticism and the search for man's place within the world.

Monday, December 27, 2010

‘Children’s Activity and Learning Centre’

The unique ‘Children’s Activity and Learning Centre’ at the 6-star Soneva Kiri resort in Thailand is a study in sustainable construction. Dutch firm 24H-architecture designed the bamboo building as a way to provide visiting children with a wide range of entertaining activities that could raise their level of ecological awareness. The “Den,” as it is called, provides a number of outposts, including an auditorium for films, lectures and plays; a library filled with books on permaculture and local traditions; an art room; a music room; and a fashion room offering children both a creative and ecological destination to learn. The center’s manta ray-inspired bamboo dome is perched at an elevated position, seemingly ready to launch itself into the bay from the location on which it is perched.

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