The 100th Annual Chelsea Flower Show
This week, the United Kingdom’s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) holds the 100th annual Chelsea Flower Show—the most important flower show in the UK, if not the world. The event takes place at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, where the show has been held for the past hundred years.
Over 550 exhibitors from around the world display their show gardens and choice florals for a chance at winning a coveted gold medal. The event draws crowds from across London, including a visit from the Royal Family on the show’s opening day.
This year, the Chelsea Flower Show also features a monumental orchid sculpture by British contemporary artist Marc Quinn. His work, The Rush of Nature, will be auctioned off during the festival to help the RHS meet its fundraising goal of £1 million to promote a passion for gardening and horticulture among youth.
The original idea to build an opera house in one of the world’s poorest countries led to the creation of the opera village in laongo, burkina faso - a development undertaken by architect diebedo francis kere that has provided the community with medical, educational, residential, and cultural opportunities. The latest addition to the village, an infirmary called the ‘centre for health and social advancement’ provides health care for the general public in a structure made of local material and labor that expresses the beauty of a contemporary interpretation of vernacular design. The center is located just down the hill from the village, exposing a sense of scale as the low-lying building is seen at the foreground of an expansive savanna.
This may not be the first seashell house we’ve seen, but, it certainly is another creative take on living near the ocean. Situated in Isla de Mujeres in Mexico, the two adjacent “Moon Shell” and “Queen Conch” titled spaces share a pool and ocean views. Architect Eduardo Ocampo designed the home, and it’s now available as a vacation rental through Air BnB.