Walnut Creek Wetland Center
in the office of Frank Harmon Architect PA
The overall goal in designing Walnut Creek Wetland Center was to conserve and protect a natural wetland. The structure is poised six feet above the wetlands on timber piers so that its footprint is minimal. The all-wood construction, which utilizes recycled materials wherever possible, blends seamlessly into the landscape, while an abundance of windows welcomes the surroundings into the building. Porous paving and bioretention areas are used as teaching tools and limit storm water runoff to pre-development levels. The metal roof’s deep overhangs protect the interior from the harsh summer sun. A 220-foot south-facing porch acts as the means of circulation for the Center. It was the client’s vision to be able to reference nature whenever possible.
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