|Client||NJ Natural Lands Trust|
Petty’s Island stands in the Delaware River, between Pennsylvania and New Jersey. When the New Jersey Natural Lands Trust decided to turn it into an urban nature preserve, they asked us to help with the groundwork.
Our feasibility study for the island evaluated four potential sites for building a new Cultural and Educational Center as a focal point for the preserve. All four sites explored environmentally-friendly designs for a 10,000-square-foot building, complete with an observation area with expansive views of the island, the Delaware River, and the Philadelphia skyline.
HONEST // Not only did we want to build an environmentally-conscious building, we wanted people to see that right away. So our plans used recycled shipping containers as the building itself.
PROGRESSIVE // Building in a nature preserve is complex. We worked hard to minimize the impact on surrounding wetland, while simultaneously educating the public about nature conservation.
Views of the Philadelphia Skyline
The island is home to various wildlife including a Bald Eagle.