An intersection between architecture and nature


Thesis Statement Architecture is in a state of change as sustainability becomes a key topic of the 21^ century. Early efforts in green architecture in the 1970's focused on energy savings through better insulation and technology to seal, air condition, and light buildings. Unfortunately, this strategy created a myriad of new problems, transforming architecture into a barrier between humans and nature. An environmentally sensitive architecture seeks to rectify these contemporary problems by creating a more honest and intelligent dialogue between structure, site, and climate. Facility Type The wildlife rehabilitation center is a relatively new building type that can be considered as the distillation of a zoo or an amalgamation of wildlife hospital and nature center. It is a facility that must be closely connected to nature due to the inherent connection between the wild patients and nature. Scope of Project Sustainability is a topic that covers the building, its site, and sites involved in the collection and processing of building materials. The scope of this project. Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Lubbock, is limited to the building and its site. The project seeks to take advantage of solar and wind resources available on site to light and heat the building. It also attempts to reduce the ecological impact of building through conscious preservation of niches on site. Context Statement The facility will be located in the semi-arid Llano Estacado region of Texas. The hot, breezy, sun drenched climate provides an excellent environment for solar design. Furthermore, its rich ecology and history provides contextual input into the building design process.



Architecture, Nature centers -- Design and construction, Animal shelters -- Design and construction