London Eye architect to design six-mile research facility
Marks Barfield Architects has been hired to design a rainforest canopy walkway stretching more than six miles through the Amazon.
The practice is working on a pro-bono basis for the Amazon Charitable Trust on the £6.4 million project, which will be located in the Roraima province in north-east Brazil.
It is hoped that the centre, which will also contain facilities for research, will bring together scientists from around the world, as well as attracting eco-tourists and providing jobs for Brazilian tribes.
David Marks, managing director at Marks Barfield, told the Sunday Times that building the centre would pose great challenges, due to the fragile eco-system. “It doesn’t support a lot of people in the natural state. You have to be very careful about what you bring in,” he said.
Marks added that he would like to bring investment bankers to the region so they “return to work reflecting on their activities”.
By Andrea Klettner
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