Fresh Air Naturally

21Fresh Air Naturally


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This is part of the pattern language developed by TKWA for the Cincinnati Nature Center.

Nothing disconnects a person from the outdoors more than inoperable windows. One’s ability to open a window and feel the breeze cannot be overrated.


Employ natural ventilation strategies that minimize, or better yet eliminate, the need for large-horsepower fans. Consider non-window apertures for fresh air like earth tube-fed grilles and high wind powered exhaust ports especially for night-flushing and security concerns. Area devoted to archival storage will be treated in a manner appropriate to the maintenance of museum conditions, namely narrow fluctuations for both temperature and humidity.

Tom Kubala is principal of The Kubala Washatko Architects.
Tom Kubala

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