STUDIOS was selected through a national competition to design a state-of-the-art environmental education center that will act as a catalyst for the revitalization of the Anacostia River. The center’s primary goals are to serve as a model for both innovative design and forward-thinking environmental concepts, and to offer diverse educational experiences to visitors of all ages.
The two-story facility includes an environmental lab, galleries, and interactive classrooms. The building is partially suspended over the densely planted flora and aquaculture of the site, minimizing the structure’s footprint and impact on the terrain. The shallow building width of 35 feet allows daylight to penetrate the entire space, reducing the need for artificial lighting during the day.
A green roof/native plant nursery and rainwater-collecting cistern will manage storm water, and innovative systems-such as passive cooling/heating, and geothermal and solar thermal heating-will help the project to achieve a platinum level LEED designation.