Anders Christiansen, Unit 20 2008
Orto Botanico - Pavilion for Aquatic Vegetation in Rome

A studied fascination of interventions within aquatic ecosystems and the juxtaposition of organic growth and mechanical structures led to the development of a building designed for the study of marine plant biology. More specifically, the project has been established as a research center and public garden focused on the study and preservation of sea kelp within a controlled environment. The site resides on the slope of the Janiculum Hill within the Botanical Gardens of Rome, where the building blends into the existing variety of diverse vegetation, creating a visual and natural relationship between the multifarious foliage of the trees and the aquatic flora.