Dining Pavilion - Smithsonian National Zoological Park

  • exterior rendering
  • exterior rendering
  • sketch
  • sustainable strategies diagram
Project Brief: Proposal for a new dining pavilion at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, DC.
Team: Richard Butz Design Studio, architect; Sterner Design, design & sustainability consultant
Images credits: All images shown were created by Carl Sterner, copyright Sterner Design.

A LEED Gold targeted dining pavilion for the National Zoo.

This project involves a series of dining pavilions for the food service vendors who operate in the Smithsonian National Zoolgical park. One of the primary pavilions is the "Mane Cafe" (pictured) — a simple structure with an elegant green roof. The design targets LEED Gold, and incorporates numerous sustainable strategies, including passive solar design, a well-insulated envelope, photovoltaic panels, rainwater capture and reuse, and numerous green and locally-manufactured materials. The design seeks to manifest these design strategies, using them as form-givers for the architecture.

During the first phase of the project, I worked closely with architect Richard Butz to create concepts that fulfilled both our and the client's design goals, performed preliminary LEED analysis, and ensured that sustainable strategies were an integral part of the design. I created a preliminary energy model in eQuest and utilized various ASHRAE resources to guide design decisions toward optimal energy performance.

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