The Jones Beach Energy and Nature Center will replace a former 1958 Robert Moses-era bathhouse in a widely visited and much loved natural site. At over 300 feet in length, the one story building is being designed as a “chalet for all”, continuing the public legacy of the previous historic bathhouse.
Organized around a series of interior volumes, exhibition spaces flow outwards to a shaded exterior deck, and onwards to the site at large. The Center’s design itself will be an example of sustainable and resilient design, educating visitors in passive and renewable techniques.
Location: Jones Beach State Park, NY
Program: Exhibition spaces, classrooms, offices
Client: NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, PSEG, Long Island Power Authority
Design Team: Credits: Eric Bunge, Mimi Hoang (Principals); Amanda Morgan (Senior Associate, Project Manager), Laura Buck (Project Architect), Matthew Sikora, Isabel Sarasa, David Mora, Michelle Lin, Sarah Bernard.
Collaborators: Landscape: Starr Whitehouse; Exhibition Design: AJA Architecture and Planning; Structural Engineer: Silman; MEP Engineer: FPM Group, Ltd; Lighting Designer: Lumen Architecture, PLLC; Cost Estimator: Ellana Inc.
Visualizations courtesy of nARCHITECTS.