Architect Vincent Callebaut has created the Pollinator Park, a virtual reality experience that builds awareness about declining biodiversity, specifically among pollinators such as bees and hummingbirds. The rate of pollinator extinction is currently 100 to 1,000 times higher than what should be expected. The project aims to imagine an ecological architecture required if the rate of extinction of such species continues at this pace.
Vincent Callebaut Architectures was summoned by the European Commission to build the VR project to bring attention to declining biodiversity. “In his design of ‘Pollinator Park,’ architect Vincent Callebaut shows how architecture can help in the fight for a better future, integrating the best agricultural, technological, and design practices for living in harmony with nature,” stated the commission.
Cross-laminated timber and recycled material have been used for the conceptual park. These materials were chosen in sync with the initiative’s sustainability mission to build the futuristic complex inspired by the forms of flowers. The shape of a plant’s female organ has been used to design the central area of Pollinator Park as educational spiral biodomes and an observation platform overlooking the virtual structure.
“Under its futuristic domes, ‘Pollinator Park’ promotes the noble role of the farming profession,” said Callebaut. “It shows good practice in pollinator preservation on multiple levels: land-use, agricultural, forest, and urban.”
You can head over to the European Commission’s website to access the complete virtual reality project of Pollinator Park either on your computer or through VR gear.
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