The main goal of Sampling Architects for designing the interactive forest information center was to create a generic contemporary addition for the nationally famous National Park of Tervete. They believed the project should allow the discovery of the delight of ‘life of the forest’ through an educational center, but more importantly, creating a space for exchange of know-how of forest science between professionals, students and the general public. More images and architects’ description after the break. Their design also has to be an approval of the ambitions of Latvia’s State Forests to become a socially responsible company as the urgency of preserving ecosystems of forests is becoming more and more present not only on the global agenda but also local one. In order to get the best out of the purpose and the program, the building has to become a transparent mechanism. We consider the use of new technology and the synergy with nature important but are also convinced that it is even more important to explain the visitor how the energy flows in the building and how much the building consumes.
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