Protecting the ‘Enchanted Forest’

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Interesting post about the importance of Witworth Park’s trees to the development plan of the Whitworth Art Gallery.

Gallery in the Park

Protecting the 'Enchanted Forest'

One of the things that first inspired our architects MUMA when they initially visited the Whitworth back in 2009 was the beauty of the mature ash and London plane trees adjacent to the building in Whitworth Park, and since part of the design brief was to deliver a green and sustainable project, protection of as many of these trees as possible was high on the list of deliverables.

Little attention had been given to the trees over the years and as a consequence their growth was quite unrestrained – this abandonment gave the appearance of an ‘Enchanted Forest’, one that delighted the architects and showed us that with careful consideration could become an important feature of the overall design and new connections with the park.

MUMA’s design includes a wing housing the Learning Studio with the Cafe above it extending out into the park and very close to the trees…

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