South Fork Natural History Museum
We designed and built this 18,500SF natural history museum, which serves as the trailhead for a system of preserved lands known as the Long Pond Greenbelt, in Bridgehampton, New York. An open meadow containing wetlands, ponds, wild grasses, and a variety of animal life comprise the majority of the site, with scattered man-made berms and agricultural trails throughout. The building is a physical marker at the line between the developed and the undeveloped environment. Using the interstitial space between an existing structure and new construction, the building creates a doorway to the protected lands. Every aspect of the facilities and grounds is designed to provide an interactive experience, illuminating wherever possible the connection between the developed and vegetal environments.