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Riverlands Avian Observatory Richlite


Architect: St. Louis Graduate School of Architecture

Location: Missouri, U.S.

Type: Cladding
Application: Outdoor Cladding
Material Featured: Chocolate Glacier + R50
Architect: St. Louis Graduate School of Architecture

Students from Washington University in St Louis worked with professors Andrew Colopy and Ken Tracy to design, fabricate and construct this brutalist observatory. Set within a bird sanctuary, this structure is a stopping point and home to over 300 species, bird watchers and schools.The design intended to minimise any disturbance from the surrounding trails and service routes while creating a sequence of views focused on landmarks and informational graphics which enhance visitors' enjoyment and educational experience.

The surfaces were selected and patterned in effect to use camouflage - not for the structure - but to hide visitors and avoid causing distress to the sensitive species of birds. The materials were also chosen for their durability and can contend with the modest floods from nearby ponds.

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