Feix&Merlin’s pavilion designed for Charlotte Harris Studio, as part of her show garden, for the Royal Bank of Canada, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017.
The design for the pavilion and the garden draws from the romance and beauty of the forests, waterways and geology of the Boreal Forest in Canada. This Canadian landscape features cedar, larch and birch trees, a rugged granite bedrock, and minerals and ores such as nickel, iron ore, and copper.
“When designing this garden, I spent a lot of time exploring northern Ontario – navigating the waterways, pine forests, flora and granite of the Boreal…a precious source of inspiration for the design and an appreciation of what comprises this unique and beautiful environment.” Charlotte Harris, Charlotte Harris Studio
“We were inspired by the materials and textures of the Boreal Forest and have used black charred timber, (larch), and aged patinated copper in the design. The pavilion rises up from the ground to create a shelter and canopy, with a picture window and thin vertical louvres, that frame views of the planting, and cast shadows across the landscape. The 13 vertical louvres are in reference to Canada’s 13 provinces and territories. We were keen to ensure that the pavilion describes an outline of space, rather than occupy a volume in the garden; a light filigree intervention to compliment the beautiful garden Charlotte has designed.” Julia Feix, Feix&Merlin Architects.
Charlotte Harris Studio