charlotte latin environmental science building
charlotte latin school campus. charlotte, nc
The focus of this project was to create a facility on the school’s campus to actively promote learning and research of the environment. Connected to the main campus by a wooded pathway the building takes advantage of the lake’s edge with its linear form as well as the natural environment through its east-west orientation. Since research largely supports the educational process, the primary research center literally anchors the building to the site. The funneled form of the research center opens toward the water and is positioned so as to delineate the most public spaces from the semi-public spaces. Learning extends into the site through research elements and an on-site recycling center. The building itself employs several sustainable practices: its butterfly roof collects and channels rainwater for reuse on the adjacent athletic fields, louvers are used to control daylight, and the application of sustainable materials are extensively applied throughout the project.