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The Biosphere and Flower Pavillion was constructed for the German Horticultural Show 2001 Potsdam in the vicinity of the Sanssouci Palace. The project is located in the Bornstedter Fields, a site used for the las 100 years by the military for troop exercises and barracks.
The building is generated by the forms of the earthern berms on the site that had been built as defensive barriers by the Soviet Army during their occupation. The building is formed by a series of berms forming an artificial valley that is enclosed by a simple flat roof with skylights.
Carving into the earth, a sunked garden reduces the height of the building. The berm forms are clad in oak logs, grass, slate or are of poured concrete. By framing partial views to the adjacent park, the visitor is led through a series of inclined planes covered by tropical plants and flowers either at the level of the ground or form suspended bridges. After the six month garden show the pavillion will be run as a commercial attraction by a film company.
Description by Barkow Leibinger Architects