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The graphic shows the map of Foret des Pins where the center of interpretation is located. Below, there is a section of a the surrounding nature which is a forest.

© Vanessa S. P

10 years after graduating, I decided to take on a new challenge: Rethinking the design of the Interpretation Center with a more experienced eye. Instead of having a design that literally reflects the exterior typology of the home in the immediate surroundings, this one contrasts the conventional pitched roof and low height while still maintaining the goal of a sustainable design appropriate to its context. This is achieved through the following strategies: 1. Passive Design: - Solar Orientation: Design the building to maximize solar gain in winter and minimize it in summer, reducing heating and cooling needs. 2. Water Conservation: - Rainwater Harvesting: Collect and store rainwater for non-potable uses such as landscape irrigation or toilet flushing. 3. Materials and Resources: - Local Materials: Sourcing some building materials locally, reducing transportation emissions and supporting the local economy. - Sustainable Timber: Source wood from the nearby pine forrest and replenting to help sustainably manage it. 4. Low Energy consomption: Using fans to ventilate inside. 5. Building Envelope Optimization: - High-Performance Windows: The use of double glazing with low-E coatings to minimize heat loss and gain. The bonus effect is that they also reflects the natural surrounding. - Shading Devices: Incorporation of overhangs and brise-soleils to prevent excessive solar gain. 6. Indoor Environmental Quality: -Natural Lighting: Prioritize daylighting strategies to reduce dependence on artificial lighting and improve occupant well-being. 7. Landscape: - Using local plants to create the exterior landscape and crops.


Interpretation center and alternative farming school 


Foret-des-pins, Haiti



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