2013 – Second Place

Finding the Trees in the Woods: Rediscovering the Forest

Christopher Telomen

University of Hawaii

The design of this outdoor learning center takes the experience of exploring the wilderness as its inspiration, and is ideally located in an Eastern White Pine conservation area.  Reminiscent of two fallen logs crossing each other and two towering trunks (canopy included) nearby, this design is not only inspired by the materiality of Eastern White Pine wood, but by its natural form as well. As the old saying goes, to walk in the shoes of another is to know their perspective; what better way to learn about our world’s ecosystems than at the scale of their inhabitants?