Trebah Garden is a magnificent old, wild and magical Cornish garden - the end product of 100 years of inspired and dedicated creation and is listed among the 80 finest in the world.
The provision of appropriate visitor and educational facilities is fundamental to the sustainability of the garden. The old structures provided basic, low-cost facilities but, while popular, did not meet levels of demand nor allow for formal educational activity.
The new Visitors Centre needed to be striking and individual but not dominant; economic and efficient to run, yet ornamental and fun; of quality, yet low cost and capacious yet intimate.
The building is intended to contribute positively but subtly to the experience of visiting Trebah by matching as closely as possible the character of the special sub-tropical garden.
Inspiration for the structure was taken from the giant Gunnera leaves which are such a significant element of the lower garden; massive ribbed leaves with raking stems sprouting from the base of the plant.