Brockholes

Brockholes

The new visitor and education centre at Brockholes Wetland and Woodland Nature Reserve near Preston is set on a floating ‘island’ on a lake. The design, by Adam Khan Architects, won an RIBA competition and was inspired by the now-destroyed magical landscape of the Marsh Arabs in Southern Iraq, recorded by the anthropologist Wilfred Thesiger in the 1950s

The new visitor and education centre at Brockholes Wetland and Woodland Nature Reserve near Preston is set on a floating ‘island’ on a lake.

The design, by Adam Khan Architects, won an RIBA competition and was inspired by the now-destroyed magical landscape of the Marsh Arabs in Southern Iraq, recorded by the anthropologist Wilfred Thesiger in the 1950s.

Thesiger photographed the floating islands, houses and platforms, all built out of the indigenous material of the landscape – reeds.

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