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A Hall of Flowers

Cluster of houses, 2002

Architect: Tonkin Liu
Location: La Kangra, Spain
Sustainability: Archineers
Structure: Jane Wernick Associates
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, 2004

A hall of flowers connects five buildings.

Each has a different proportion, grown out of the functions it houses and the scale of the trees. As the buildings step down along the hall, landscaped pools create shaded spaces linked to the garden.


The buildings are concrete frame on pad foundations with hollow block infill, internally and externally finished in smooth white render. Ceilings are plastered, texture, and painted white.

La Kangra Drawing

The hall is constructed with a series of double-skinned, trussed portal frames with a concrete roof. Steel mesh panels make both structural members and the outer skin of the hall, while white glass panels make the inner skin. Within the double skin, and in the concrete roof, are planters for the climbing plants. The glass panels glow with the dappled, moving light that enters through the leaves.

Hall Of Flowers 02

Steel-lined openings, with glass doors that can be completely folded away, are the thresholds between the hall, the buildings, and the garden.

The windows to the buildings are shielded from the sun by mesh surrounds. Within the double-layered mesh skin are folded to form the structure for the surrounds. The overlay of these mesh layers create a three-dimensional network of light, shade, and views of the garden.