Environmental Education Center 2005
Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania
BCJ designed the Environmental Education center to reflect the commitment to environmental stewardship of its sponsors, the Pocono Environmental Education Center and the National Park Service. The building, which is used for meetings, lectures, and educational purposes, distills BCJ’s approach to nature-center design. It employs basic shed massing, a broad overhanging roof, a shingled facade made of recycled tires, natural materials, passive solar heating, natural ventilation, and daylighting strategies. The design is layered: Before entering an opening in the dark north wall, visitors traverse a forest, cross a wetland, and pass through service spaces. The entry leads into a bright, daylit central room, which is warmed by the sun, cooled by prevailing breezes, and open to views of the forest to the south.
Photo © Nic Lehoux
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