Environmental Education Center
This design competition entry was done in collaboration with Kao
Design Group, for a Discovery Museum to be developed on a brown field
island in the middle of the Anacostia River, in Washington, DC.
Our design intent was to create a unique journey of nature and
discovery for both children and adults that link the mainland, Heritage
and Kingman Islands and their diverse aquatic and coastal environments.
The journey explores eight distinct experiences through diverse
ecological habitats and exhibitions. The building's mission is to serve
as a "living laboratory", to make regenerative technologies and systems
visible, and to serve as a model of ecologically sustainable design.The
project consisted of multiple parts that could be flexibly phased and
sized in response to project demands.
The buildings are organisms with their own metabolisms, and they use
adaptive strategies like those of natural organisms. The buildings are
integral to the program in a vital and active way, they are not inert