‘Inside the Flower’ was an experiential medicinal garden by Australian artist Janet Laurence at the International Garden Exposition (IGA) Berlin.
LAVA was engaged to materialise her laboratory-like space of discovery, an exhibition of medicinal plants, showcasing the diversity and ambivalence of botany.
Taking Laurence’s concept and design, LAVA created the sculptural pavilion based on the geometric structure of a medicinal plant, a fabricated cellular environment inspired by plant anatomy.
A transparent mesh membrane made of natural cotton was wrapped around the outside of the pavilion structure. The stainless steel cupola had twelve ribs to support a central ring, with two industrial perspex skylights forming a lens. This inflated translucent water bubble connected with tubes and hanging vials of plant fluids. Five rings of curvy shelves housed cellular clusters to display the plants.
Both botanical display and performative space it allowed visitors to explore the plant world from the inside.