A spontaneous visit to Whitlingham Broad, Trowse, Norfolk brought some very lucky surprises. Here is a selection of the great vistas and follies I was able to capture.
A building I knew existed however, stunned me a little on first sight. The Whitlingham Broad Outdoor Education Centre, providing many youth groups with a base for water activities on the broad. A striking sight from all angles, reflecting the nurturing and growth made by groups that use the centre. Reminiscent of a bird of prey protecting its young.
The textures used create a complete contrast to both what the building is impersonating and in the structures of the building. The grit and rust of the huts in comparison to the white stretched roof material.
The struts and supports of the cover have been placed to resemble the talon's of the bird. Placed evenly around its young yet, seemingly not providing much support to the main structure.
From the rear the building seems like a crustacean, relating to it's watery surroundings in the broad and also the River Yare behind.
From the front angle the sheltered area mimics both a bird, turtle and to some a flying squirrel, all having great connotations for what the centre will help the young people learn and achieve.
The broad and the centre are truly a brilliant idea that has a great community behind it, being used by many groups alongside being a quick escape from the bustling city.