58. Bryan Innovation Lab #105architecturalinspirations
The Steward School in Richmond has become a leader in innovative education by providing their students with the Bryan Innovation Lab. Beautifully designed by 3 North, this unique learning facility promises to spark generations of innovators. The Bryan Innovation Lab has flexible indoor and outdoor classroom spaces designed to be adaptable as needs change. Upon arrival at the facility you walk through an outdoor classroom that teaches kids about growing food and managing storm water. There are multiple rainwater storage tanks, cisterns, that feed the raised gardens along side a bio-retention pond that is teaming with wildlife. Students can grab a snack on their way to class right off a vine while hearing frogs and birds in natural habitat. There are (2) 2,500 gallon cisterns that collect run-off and supplies (5) 300 gallon cisterns.
Once you arrive at the building you experience an outdoor classroom that features a wood stove and flex space. The wall to the first classroom completely open up to allow ultimate flexibility inside and outside the building. Inside the building there is an interactive cooking kitchen that would make Emeril jealous, moving walls to allow for a variety of classroom sizes, and radiant floors to keep things comfortable.
The systems of the building are highlighted with pipes that are painted so that students can figure out how water and electricity move through the building. Solar panels on the roof provide some of the energy needed and a geothermal system keeps it all running efficient. The mechanical room even has a glass wall so that students can see the guts of the building.
On the other end of the building you find two interactive maker spaces – although Cary Jamieson, director of the facility, says the entire building is a maker space – and it is without question. The Lutron shading system automatically controls natural lighting levels coming into the space. Haiku fans keeps the air moving comfortably. LED lights adjust with the level of natural light provided keeping energy bills low.
Trails are built around the building through the natural areas to keeps kids engaged with their surrounding. There are multiple outdoor spaces for learning experiences. The large amount of glass keeps the building light and the views preserved in all directions. The Bryan Innovation Lab is truly an excellent example of allowing architecture provide a platform for learning.
#105architecturalinspirations is a collection of architectural details, buildings, and spaces that inspire me. I am taking on the challenge of finding two projects to spotlight each week in 2015. Hopefully I will be able to keep up and this process of discovery will push me to create better design solutions for my clients as I research and learn more about those projects I enjoy most. I challenge you to add your comments below about this project and to post your own inspirations for all to enjoy. Full List of previous #105architecturalinspiration posts 1 – 20. First 20 architectural inspirations here21. Michael Graves 22. St. Augustine 23. Guggenheim Museum24. Ocho House25.Bjarke Ingels 26. WG Clark 27. John F. Kennedy Space Center 28.Akademie Mont-Cenis 29. Sustainability Treehouse 30. Porch Rail 31.Martin Lurther King Jr. Memorial 32. Warehouse Renvoation33.Architectural Salvage Warehouse 34. Thorncrown Chapel 35.Gabion Wall 36.Rectorat de Guyane Library 37. North Bay House 38.Old Ranch Road Barn 39.Eagle Rock Residence 40.Pratt Street Power Plant 41.United Therapeutics Field House 42. Porch House 43. Headwaters 44. Ben’s Barn 45. Kevin Mundy Memorial Bridge 46. Thrupp + Summers House 47. Madrona Residence 48. Pixel Building 49. National Constitution Center 50. Falling Water 51. Wainwright Building 52. Merle’s Drive-In53. Green Office Building 54. Edgeland House 55. Kansas City Public Library 56.Villa Savoye 57. Fenway Park Farm