Science Pyramid

Government Winner

Project: Science Pyramid | Denver CO

Firm: BURKETTDESIGN | Denver CO

Design Statement

The Science Pyramid is an educational pavilion that teaches visitors about plants, flowers, climates, ecosystems, and more. For the design we drew inspiration from nature, mimicking the behavior of natural elements and how they respond to a changing environment. Our design concept includes both micro and macro systems of Biomimicry. The pyramid’s facade represents a micro system. Imitating the beehive’s hexagonal membrane, the skin shelters the interior of the pyramid in the same way a honeycomb shelters and protects the interior of the hive, protecting the young bees and honey supply. The adaptive roof system protects the interior from rain, sun and snow. A layer of rain screen allows for the building to breath, releasing a flow of hot air that aids in cooling the building. The macro system is represented as shifting and colliding tectonic plates, influencing the shape and positioning of the pyramid. The pyramid emerges from the earth twisting toward the sky, expressing the biomimetic knowledge contained inside.

The Shaw Contract Group carpet creates a seamless transition from exterior to interior bringing the exterior hexagonal skin elements inside of the exhibit areas. The exhibit space has an organic shape with no prescribed path, which allows the visitors to wander through the space freely. We wanted the carpet to play off this freedom of movement and experience. The Hexagon carpet has a beautiful non-directional gradient pattern, making it a natural fit for the design concept.

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