This project involved the integration of science, technology and art in the landscape development of a new world-class academic and research facility. Working in close collaboration with scientists, faculty and the design team, the landscape was a major contributor to the project’s educational goals, sustainability mission, and state of the art technology. Geometric patterns and scientific principles are expressed in fractal paving, planting “waves” and a series of sculptural sun screens. Composed of multiple layers of patterned metal, the layers slowly pivot creating ever-changing views of the gardens beyond. Dirtworks created a series of engaging interior and exterior spaces to encourage discussion, collaboration, relaxation and socialization. Framed by seasonally interesting native trees and shrubs, a large waterwall and cascading water feature not only creates a dramatic arrival space but also becomes an integral element in the building’s cooling systems.
Location: Stony Brook, New York
Architect: Perkins Eastman
LEED Certification: Silver