Orchideorama by Alberto Embriz-Salgado and Maria Paula Villarraga

Orchideorama by Alberto Embriz-Salgado and Maria Paula Villarraga

Students: Alberto Embriz-Salgado and Maria Paula Villarraga
Credits: Plan B Architects + JPRCR Architects
University: Cornell University, Department of Architecture
Location: Medellin, Colombia

Orchideorama, a building for the Medellin Botanical Garden in Colombia by Plan B Architects + JPRCR Architects is an innovative steel and wood building. Completed in 1.5 years of construction, the complex provides a number of different venues under each of the trunks that make up a larger structure of 14 “orchids.” The hexagonal pattern stems from the honeycomb which obtains its strength through its regularity and repetition.

Likewise, Orchideorama aims to tie its design to nature and these living systems that it ultimately sustains. Thus, for this Structures III Model Project, a partial 1:10 model was constructed of 3 orchids and some of the surrounding topography. Emphasis on the project was building an accurate miniature replica of Orchideorama’s unique structural system.

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