HOUSTON ARBORETUM & NATURE CENTER
The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center by Lake|Flato Architects will include a new Visitor Center, Event Pavilion, and Administrative Building, as well as an intensive ecosystem restoration of the 155-acre trail network within Memorial Park, Houston.
Project Phasing Diagrams & Rendering by Design Workshop
Ted Flato, Partner
Steve Raike, Assoc. Partner
Margaret Sledge, Proj. Architect
Cotton Estes, Proj. Designer
User Groups & Thermal Comfort Ranges
As a Nature Center in the center of Houston, we approached the buildings as a simple vehicle to connect visitors to nature. A long shed roof defines a winding pathway, which transects the three main ecosystems of the Arboretum. Notches in the roof, nooks along the boardwalk, and a thin pedestrian bridge over a deep ravine each respond to unique features of the site, providing moments of rest, reflection and interpretation. Thermal comfort analysis resulted in improved energy efficiency and year-round comfortable indoor and outdoor spaces.
Conference Room - Moveable Wall Study