In the Forest

1 In the Forest

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

Upon arriving, one isn’t immediately struck by the fact that the CNC is situated in an Eastern deciduous forest over an ancient sea, or of the unique presence of over 65 acres of Old Growth Forest.


The sense of the arrival sequence must be dominated by the presence of the forest. This includes the entry drive, the parking areas and the Central Outdoor Room. Roadways, parking spaces and walkways should make accommodations for trees, not the other way around, allowing trees to interrupt ‘normal’ convenience-based patterns. Reduce the amount of lawn and restore with native plantings.

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

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