Nature Centers

Projects designed to facilitate the celebration of and reflection on the natural environment

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Austin, TX

Laguna Glora Birding Center

The act of experiencing nature centers on journey. This two part center and serving structure results in the visitor traveling across the site in order to understand the zones of inhabitance. Two structures sit across the ridge of the peninsular site. Connected to existing Villa through gash in land, the North Structure contains photographic darkrooms and bathrooms in the two back structures as well as image galleries, a classroom, and library in the two west facing structures.


Austin, TX

Birding Blinds

A precursor investigation to the above center studies the habits of the user, the unabashed birder. This sculpture garden is home to a variety of different types of creatures as well as flora. In this view focused project, these places of occupation allow the user to move through the existing trees utilizing a timber structure. The two structure's cladding directionality serves to emphasize the tree types that inhabit the two sides of the site, the ridge filled with sprawling live oaks and the floodplain filled with sixty foot pines.

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Austin, TX

Barton Springs Event Pavillion

Seeking to bring awareness to the beloved yet endangered Barton Springs Salamander, the ADA path journeys nearly 800 ft in length to explore the impact the three water sources have on the site and celebrate their journey in the concrete and steel pavilion. 

This pavilion unites the viewer between the three sources of water found on the site: sunken garden spring, the Colorado River, and the waterfall that flows between them. The form of the louver canopy is sourced from the incredible topography formed by the springs and their path to join the river.

This project serves as the final node of occupation along the pathway that encourages visitors to constantly reorient themselves in the landscape. It serves as a connector back to the existing running trails as well as a moment of pause. Here the visitor is able to reflect on all three water features, spring, waterfall, and river.