Off-grid Fossil Discovery Exhibit camouflages into the Texan desert

March 28, 2018 by  
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Big Bend National Park isn’t just a place of stunning landscape beauty—the Texan park is also paleontological paradise. To tell the story of the area’s rich fossil history, Texan architecture studio Lake | Flato designed the Fossil Discovery Exhibit, a series of interpretive pavilions that draws inspiration from the surrounding topography. The unstaffed, low-maintenance building operates off grid and draws energy and water from solar panels and a rainwater catchment system. Created as a series of open-air pavilions , the Fossil Discovery Exhibit takes visitors on the Big Bend Fossil Discovery Trail: a sequential walkway that covers four paleontological eras from the Early Cretaceous period to the Cenozoic Era. “The complex story of Big Bend’s remarkable landscape can be brought to life through its fossil history and the artifacts found within the park,” wrote the architects. “These characteristics create a unique opportunity for interpretation and education; the trail will describe the world-class diversity and length of Big Bend’s fossil history while directly referencing the breathtaking surrounding landscape.” Related: Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum is sustainably built from CNC-milled beetle-kill timber Elevated on concrete piers, the building is clad in perforated weathering steel for low maintenance and camouflage so as to avoid disrupting views from the road and trails. Interior partitions guide visitors through the spaces, the highlight of which is the Gallery of the Giants where massive bones and recreated skeletons are on display. Solar panels power the buildings, while the angled roof, which evokes a winged dinosaur, is optimized for rainwater collection. + Lake | Flato Via Dezeen Images by Casey Dunn

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Amazing Hoop Dance Gathering Place celebrates Canada’s indigenous cultures

August 31, 2016 by  
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The project, located in a large courtyard on the Mohawk College campus, was developed in collaboration between Brook McIlroy Architects, Mohawk College, Aboriginal students of the College, and Elders and members of the several prominent indigenous communities and organizations. Related: Atelier Vecteur’s Timber Pavilion for the Festival of Lively Architecture is Not as Simple as it Looks The Hoop comprises four elements- an open air pavilion , a fire circle, a water garden and a traditional garden. It has two radiating and intersecting circles joined by a raised seating platform, which reference traditional construction techniques used in the Longhouse typology typical of northern Iroquoian communities. It will function as a space “that could be used to really infuse indigenous pedagogy into a western ways of teaching,” said Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, who recently unveiled the structure. + Brook McIlroy Photos via Brook McIlroy and Mohawk College

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Unveils Striking Pavilions at the Shanghai West Bund Biennial

October 28, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Unveils Striking Pavilions at the Shanghai West Bund Biennial Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , art and architecture festival , art pavilion , eco design , eco pavilion , green architecture , Green Building , green design , open air pavilion , pavilion , schmidt hammer lassen , Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects , shanghai , shanghai west bund biennial , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , temporary pavilion , the cloud , west bund biennial        

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