The historical setting of the site includes a matrix of landscape spaces, from strip field patterns to closed forest. This tension between the cultivated agrarian strips melding into the more natural environment of the forest was developed as an organisational device to integrate the buildings into a dynamic and ever changing landscape.
We explored a series of landscape metaphors (forest, glade, field, heath, ridge, furrow, meadow, and coppice) to add layers of meaning, interest and texture. Each was a response to the history and cultural associations of the site and were organised to define the visitor experience, significantly increase site biodiversity and provide a dynamic learning tool for outdoor education. It ultimately seeks to provide Sherwood Forest with a world-class visitor experience explored through a Living Landscape.