Blue Wall Center / Studio Gang Architects


We’ve got another great project by Studio Gang Architects to share with you.  The building, a former brown-field converted into a visitor center, speaks to Jeanne Gang’s idea of architecture being an all encompassing field with the built landscape playing a large role in shaping our enviornment.   In our interview with Ms. Gang, the principal at  Studio Gang along with Mark Schendel, she expressed her interest in “the horizontal plane” as a designed landscape can also function to compliment the built form.  For their visitor center, which is located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains,  the project remediates its distressed site by reestablishing native species and habitat. Both site and building design work together to educate visitors about the region’s unique bio-diversity.

More about the after the break.

The building hovers dramatically above the landscape, cantilevering out from its steep hillside. The entire volume is pierced by a series of smooth glass ‘holes’ that bring the outdoors deep into the building’s interior domain, a quality similar to the deeply incised geology of the escarpment.
© Studio Gang Architects

At the center, visitors will be able to learn about the ecosystem through these “living exhibits” that display the region’s flora, fauna, and rock formations. Its sustainable design and water capturing features demonstrate principles of conservation.
© Studio Gang Architects

The site design is seen as an extension of the building that smoothly transition one from the built to the natural.  A series of garden-rooms exhibit native tree species, rare plants, cultural history, geology, and human impact on the region.  The rooms are connected by a series of path-circuits for leisurely walking or light hiking, with an option for connecting to more serious hiking trails beyond the site.
Project Information:

Landscape Architect: SCAPE

Size: 9,600 SF building and 14 acre landscape
Owner: Convention & Visitors Bureau of Greenville
Services Provided by Studio Gang Architects: Led design and full service A/E team from concept through current construction and completion
LEED rating: targeted Platinum

Cite: Cilento, Karen. "Blue Wall Center / Studio Gang Architects" 28 Oct 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 24 May 2015. <>
  • bill

    The ‘foldy’ sectional form feels under-developed and insufficiently resolved with the structural concept. It’s nice that Studio Gang is providing full architectural services and not just acting as design consultants.

  • aashish

    really nice place and design/ wow

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  • lame

    nice project