Embedded within a constructed wetland design, the center engages nature for its visitors with functional technology driven by natural processes.Constructed wetlands serve as part of the Nature Education Center’s living laboratory experience and are the primary waste water treatment system.
Nature Center Design
Energy Efficient Architecture, Natural Processes, and Simplicity
The plan is a simple form to reduce construction costs and maintain energy efficiency while its orientation maximizes solar gain. Complexity of the plan is evident in an gathering entry defined by the roof water cistern, support space and displays divided by a mass wall that reflects daylight, and the constructed wetland wastewater treatment laboratory that is present inside and out.
The architect uses daylight and natural ventilation to promote highly energy efficient buildings. The exterior faces south to gain light and heat from the sun whilst being protected from glare with louvers that are part of the siding system.
The exhibit and support spaces are divided by a mass wall to retain heat, and reflect daylight into the display areas.
Architecture by LEAP
Site design by Cardinal Direction Landscape Architecture, LLC
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