Prior to the bombing of the Palm House during WWII, Wavertree Botanic Gardens was a thriving local pleasure garden, containing a series of pavilions. One of these was an Aviary on the East side of the Gardens.
An Aviary is the perfect accompaniment to the Herbarium, providing an experience which is both pleasurable and educational at the same time.
Using the same languages of form and material as the Herbarium, I have created a space which is as light, playful and dynamic as the birds housed within. The building in split into two parts. The main Aviary cage is a simple steel frame structure with nylon mesh stretched between it. Adjoining this is a storage area constructed of concrete. These are both wrapped in an expanded Corten mesh shell which as well as linking the two halves of the building together, provides shelter to a section of the cage.
I envisage that the remaining three pavilions will also be reinstated in the gardens, providing further opportunity for both learning and pleasure. The visitors journey around the park will reveal fresh surprises at every turn.