I painted this piece plein air at VanDusen Botanical Gardens. The 1810 square metre Visitor Centre building is the entrance to the gardens was designed by Busby, Perkins + Will in 2011. The building itself was inspired by organic forms and natural systems. In keeping with the botanical theme inspiration came from a native orchid and the building is organized into undulating green roof petals that float above the rammed earth walls. The complex geometry of the building as a whole is a viable sculpture. The visitor centre seeks to create a harmonious balance between architecture and landscape. The building holds a Leed Platinum Designation and has achieved numerous awards for sustainability, woodwork and engineering.