Designed by Plan B Architects in Medellin, the Orquideorama structure resembles a bouquet of giant wooden flowers that stretch more than fifty feet into the air forming a large canopy for patrons to enjoy. The idea behind the design was to blend architecture with the natural world so that the space would fit perfectly within its attachment to the existing Medellin Botanical Gardens. What has been achieved is truly imaginative and fitting for a place dubbed as the city of eternal spring. Completed in just 6 months, the Orquideorama was inaugurated on August 25th, 2006 during the annual celebration of the Flower Festival in Medellin. Here are a few more additional architecture facts regarding the project.
The Orquideorama has a metal under structure with a hexagonal head that forms the shape of a flower. There are 14 of these structures that are interconnected to give an overall honeycomb design to the roof or overhead sections. The metal support structures of the Orquideorama is covered with pinewood slats in a gap fashion that allows for sunlight to penetrate the massive canopy. The trunk of the giant wooden and metal flowers is designed to house a large flower bed and plants. Rainwater is funneled down the canopy to the plants below.
This giant garden canopy is perfect for any number of permanent and temporary exhibitions. The Orquideorama pays homage to José Jerónimo Triana, a Colombian botanist, naturalist, physicist, chemist and researcher who was born in Bogota on May 22, 1828. In fact, the Catleya Orchid is considered emblematic of Colombia and its scientific name of Catleya Trianae was named after José Jerónimo Triana in honor of his memory and discoveries in the world of science and biology. He died on October 31, 1890 at the age of 62. Construction on the new Orquideorama began in 2005 and had a budget of just over $500,000 USD.
Location of Orchideorama in Medellin:
METRO STATION: UNIVERSIDAD