A Sophisticated Kid-Centric View of Nature Children innately feel “At Home in the Woods” because the building, landscape and experiences have been designed with them in mind. The immersive and natural settings become appropriate backdrops for forging connections to the natural wonders existing just out their back door. Indoors, the interior simulates nature’s growth and rebirth, an educational environment where stylized woods come alive year round. This long space undulates with skewed columns and wall panels that mimic the vertical rhythm of overlapping tree trunks. A canopy climber of curved plywood leaves soars 20 feet high. Children climb, safe within wire mesh nests, discovering secret views of the patterned terrariums and aviary below. Viewing window, touch tanks, and a mosaic water table connect hands-on experiences with visible reality. The children’s zoo crafts an indoor landscape of learning composed of layers of personal and collective experiences.
Awards: Interior Architecture Award, American Institute of Architects, 2007. Award given to recognize a sophisticated and kid-centered approach to re-creating a natural setting indoors for play and learning.
Honor Award, Arkansas Society of Landscape Architects, 2005. Award given to recognize a significant achievement in landscape architecture and urban design.