Blurring the Indoor/Outdoor Divide
Scale: Neighborhood, Building Cluster, Building
Tags: Language: Cincinnati Nature Center, nature center
The Cincinnati Nature Center is first and foremost about a connection to the land. Its mission is to inspire passion for nature and promote environmentally responsible choices through experience, education and stewardship to ensure a sustainable future. However, our modern buildings often tend toward being objects on the land, insulated from a deeper connection to the natural environment.
Establish a generous zone between new buildings and the out of doors. This transition area allows a kind of indoor/outdoor occupation to occur. These transition zones can take many forms; porches, arcades, canopies, pergolas, arbors, trellises, etc. Make certain that these outdoor rooms are connected to appropriate indoor activities. Give them high quality solar exposure to reinforce their regular use.