The Nature of Place
Located within National Park Service land, the Visitor Activity Center’s design reflects its nonprofit and governmental sponsors’ commitment to environmental stewardship. Through careful siting, orientation, materials selection and building systems analysis, the building is a paragon of sustainable design. Set in a native forest within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, visitors approach through the forest that gives way to wetland. Building placement minimized the clearing of mature trees, maximizes solar orientation and preserves wetland. The great south-facing shed takes full advantage of the warmth of the sun, cool mountain breezes, abundant natural light and views of the forest. Its roof affords shading in summer and provides covered porches for outdoor gatherings.