Langley Vale visitor & memorial centre

     Lieve Smout & Hannelore Deraeve

     A roof: a shelter from the elements, a point of arrival to the valley, a framed landscape view.

The visitor centre adds two folds to the rolling and folding grassland of Langley Vale. A warm ‘fold’ for exhibition space and a ‘cold’ fold for public toilets, with a bottle neck in between: a tangible transition from practical to ethereal allowing room for thought.

     The laminated timber structural frame is infilled with blockwork of knapped flint, reminiscent of the valley’s ancient wooden skyline and the village’s exquisite garden walls. Names of soldiers passed away in the First World War are etched onto large glass sheets diffusing with the landscape beyond.