Foster + Partners Prize won by student rainforest scheme

The annual Foster + Partners Prize was won by a student diploma scheme for an architectural space at the top of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil.

This year’s prize went to the Architectural Association’s Yvonne Weng for her project ‘The 6th Layer – Explorative Canopy Trail’.

The design focuses on creating an ultra-lightweight, self-sustaining and easily deployable architectural system, which occupies the space at the top of the tree canopies – an extra layer of space to occupy and experience the forest.

Weng commented: “Programmatically, the project is centred on scientific exploration and harvesting medicinal plants, which provides an alternative use of the forest without destroying it.

“At the same time, the positive occupation of the territory it enables could provide a level of surveillance that helps to protect both the endangered environment and the indigenous population.”

Weng is the third winner of the Foster + Partners Prize, which is presented annually to the Architectural Association Diploma student whose portfolio best addresses the themes of sustainability and infrastructure.

The Architectural Association (AA) is a respected school of architecture in Bedford Square, London.