Orquideorama in Colombia by Plan B Architects in collaboration with JPRCR Architects


[dropcap size=big]T[/dropcap]he Construction of a Orchideorama should come up of the relation between architecture and the living organisms. It should not make any distinction between natural and artificial, on the contrary, it should accept them as a unity that allows architecture to be conceived as a material, spatial, environmental organization that is deeply related to the processes of life.


Two scales of the organic

The organic is understood in two different scales, and each of them allows us to understand different aspects of the project:

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The “organic” as material organization

The microscale of the organic, such as its capacity to be organized in precise laws of geometry patterns (Direct example: Honeycomb structure), allows us to build a single module (we call it Flower – tree, which mean a flower form figure with the size and properties of a tree), that when it becomes systematically repeated, it allows us to define growing properties, its evolution and its adaptability. Its geometry.


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The “organic” as environmental phenomena

The big scale of biomorphic structures, and in this case specifically: Flowers or/and tress allows us to define perception as a situation where visitors can feel the extension of a forest, a shadow garden. In the other hand it allows us display a set of technical facilities such as collecting water and to structure the modules as hollow trunks.



Doing architecture as sowing flowers

We propose the Orchideorama to be built as sowing flowers: One flower – tree grows, and just beside it, another will appear, until the complete system of Flower – tree structures is defined. They can grow or be sow where is possible, adapting its system structure to the field where it is intended or needed.

An Orchideorama is not a storage facility structure

Industrial architecture is not the response to develop an Orchideorama. The Orchideorama is composed of 10 Flower – tree structures, that can be built individually, and allow the system grow or response to any uncertainties, such as budget, construction inconvenients or political decisions.

Three species of Flower – Tree structures. Lively Patios

The Flower – tree structure has three different contents according to is location and its definitions. Each Flower – tree is “hollow” in the center and each of them configure a small hexagonal patio.


  • Architects: Plan B – Felipe Mesa, Alejandro Bernal + JPRCR – Camilo Restrepo, J. Paul Restrepo
  • Location: Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Collaborators: Viviana Peña, Catalina Patiño, Carolina Gutiérrez, Lina Gil, Jorge Buitrago
  • Client: Medellin Botanical Garden
  • Builder: Ménsula S.A.
  • Budget: 523 US$ / m2
  • Materials: Wood, Steel
  • Project Year: 2006


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