HAWAII WILDLIFE CENTER

HALAULA, HI
completed 2011

 

2013 Honor Award for Design Excellence
Boston Society of Architects, 2013

Honorable Mention for Design Excellence, Education, Science and Healthcare
Architect Magazine Annual Design Review Awards, Grow Category, 2012

Merit Award for Design Excellence
American Institute of Architects, New England, 2012

Small Firms / Small Projects Design Citation
Boston Society of Architects, 2012

Public Architecture
“Pro Case Study “, June 2013

Architect Magazine
“Annual Design Review”, December 2012

 

The Hawai’i Wildlife Center (www.hawaiiwildlifecenter.org) is a non-profit conservation organization which will operate Hawai’i’s first wildlife recovery center when this building is completed in late 2009. Located in Halaula, North Kohala, on the Big Island of Hawai’i, the HWC is dedicated to the conservation and recovery of Hawai’i’s vulnerable, too often endangered native wildlife through hands-on treatment, research, training, science education, and cultural programs. The new complex will consist of three integrated and sustainably designed components: a wildlife care and response facility, an interpretive and outreach lanai and garden, and an open-air education pavilion.

The design of the HWC is an abstraction of the archetypal Hawaiian commercial architecture of the nearby towns of Hawi and Kapa’au, with a planar front facade concealing conventional shed and gable-roofed forms behind. The front facade of the HWC will be a collage of fiber cement lap siding and trim of varying dimensions held apart to enhance natural ventilation to the open air education pavilion, lanai, and staging porch. At the education pavilion, these fiber cement slats are modulated to create an oversized ‘window’ facing the street. Behind the main facade, the walls of the treatment facility are sheathed in locally fabricated corrugated steel, while the walls of the staging porch and education pavilion are sheathed in translucent corrugated polycarbonate. The HWC will be naturally ventilated and cooled by the dependable trade winds, and its water will be solar heated.

 

photography: © Ethan Tweedie Photography