chapter  2
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Design concepts for outdoor recreation

The design of the external layout incorporates many elements that are somewhat urban in form and material. The layout of many cities is based on a giant grid. In large metropolises, there may be very little remaining of the natural landscape that once existed. At one extreme, parts of the 'wild' landscape of the English Lake District were spoiled by geometric gridded plantation forests, which seemed to reflect the philosophy of human domination over nature by creating 'factory forests' in natural places. In order to respect the character of the landscape, the concept sensibly places the building low down amongst the landform. The building is composed of a number of circular concrete pods, and is roofed in turf, thus becoming almost a part of the landscape. The journey from the city to the outdoor destination will be marked by a changing landscape.