The Nest: Revitalize + Protect + Inform
Donovan Linsey, Associate AIA
Faculty Advisors: Daniel Butko, AIA, Samuel Callahan, and David Sanders
The University of Oklahoma, Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture, 2019
The Nest is an educational center that teaches resiliency and sustainability by integrating architecture with natural passive design strategies.
The Nest is an educational center that teaches resiliency and sustainability by integrating architecture with natural passive design strategies. Situated between the cities of Norman and Moore, Oklahoma, in the Cross Timbers Ecoregion, the Nest’s interior 6,000 square feet of conditioned spaces allow for exhibition space, classrooms, conference room, office space, and an observation lookout deck. The building’s bicycle and walking path connects to the city’s bicycle trail network, which can facilitate the growth and economic development of the surrounding area. This new connection allows the community to gather while increasing the area’s bike and walk scores.
A 2,000-square-foot storm shelter, utilizing a repurposed fracking rig, provides security from impending tornadoes. The undeveloped site is enveloped with a variety of deciduous trees, forming an extensive tree canopy on the site. Various flora and fauna also contribute to the learning experience for the user. During major rain events, a nearby river overflows, so the building is raised on pilotis. Elevating the building further creates the feeling of being nestled within the natural environment. Design strategies overcome the hot summers, the cold winters, and the scarcity of natural ventilation and daylight under the tree canopy.