Spring 2011 Center for Urban Ecology
This project is a larger building around 50,000 sq. ft. The site was located in St. Charles, Illinois and was to be a research and education center for urban ecology and sustainable methods. The building is designed to showcase some sustainable methods such as sun shading, solar energy, and natural ventilation. The building has a rhythmic pattern and a step down form so that it ties the large buildings on one side to the smaller local buildings on the other. This building is located on the same site as the Brake House, another sustainable project. There is also a very large cantilever stretching out towards the main feature of the city, the Fox River. The cantilever is large and supported by thin members to show people the possibilities of architecture.