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Audubon Center for the Research of Endangered Species

The unique mission of the Audubon Center for the Research of Endangered Species (ACRES) is to advance the conservation of the world’s biodiversity through scientific investigation, captive propagation and educational programs that benefit species at risk of extinction. This 36,000 square foot laboratory, research and conference center is remotely sited outside New Orleans within a 1,200 acre mature forest habitat. The client’s mission — to connect people with nature by celebrating life through nature — is expressed architecturally in the relationship of the institution to its context. The vertical and horizontal extension of masonry walls and floors through the building envelope blur the boundary between indoors and outdoors.  Within the wet lowlands forest a captured outdoor space is created by the pinwheel organization of the building plan. This organization also provides a means to segregate the focused research elements of the institution from the more public administrative and conference facilities. ​

Location: New Orleans, LA Map This Location
Size: 36,000 sf
Year of Completion: 1996
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