for 'Architecture Week' 2007 by RIBA, and awarded a special commendation
by the Countryside Commission 2007.
This building communicates at different
levels. For the child, the building is a miniature of the Peak Park.
Walking past a cwm and underneath a waterfall, the child experiences a
literal cut-through of the Peak Park geology when faced with a trombe
wall. For the adult this is an example of passive solar gain being
harnessed using thermal mass. Outside, under the ground, coils absorb
latent heat as part of a ground source heat pump system which will
maintain the building at 16°C.
Externally, the hill - like building is covered in flora
starting with the lichen on
the High Peak and illustrating sedum and bogland plants in succession down to the valley bottom.