Malama Learning Center Competition

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Malama Learning Center Competition

Postby Paul Clerkin » Wed Apr 09, 2003 10:44 am

This is an open, one-stage, international competition to design a unique structure that advances conservation and celebrates the natural and cultural heritage of Hawai`i via the performing and visual arts. To reflect the modern era of computer-aided design, encourage a wide range of graphic responses, and minimize the use of resources, the competition will be conducted using digital processes (i.e., no boards required)!

The Malama Learning Center Competition presents a rare opportunity to design a hybrid sustainable architecture to shelter an exciting mix of educational activities. The Center is intended to become a premier location for conservation and arts activities. The site is a highly visible three acre parcel at the entry to a new $75,000,000 high school in the City of Kapolei, an entry way to the stunning Leeward Coast of O'ahu. The location is on the coastal plain -- in close proximity to The Nature Conservancy's Honouliuli Preserve, which spans 3,700 acres on the southeastern slopes of the Wai'anae Mountains.

The Architectural Program calls for a building of approximately 25,000 square feet. The heart of the Malama Learning Center will accommodate a multitude of individual and group functions. The new Center will nurture conservation and the arts by housing: classrooms, conference rooms, and smaller spaces throughout the complex to provide space for formal and informal teaching, meetings, and workshops; a performance and lecture hall seating 300; a dance studio; studios for "artists and scientists in residence," and exhibits about conservation activities and the visual and performing arts. The Center will also have an outdoor amphitheater for larger performances, suitably designed for the ideal climate of Hawai`i. The Center will have an extensive conservation program that includes: hands-on training for students, volunteers, and professionals in field-based conservation techniques; shadehouses to grow native plants; a sterile laboratory for micropropagation; a specialized conservation library; and administrative offices. A native Hawaiian ethnobotanical garden and native plant nursery will be focal points of the landscaping, with areas where people can sit and enjoy the plants in ambient surroundings. Green, sustainable technology will be the running thread throughout the Malama Learning Center.

Program Objectives
To design a joint-use facility that:

• provides an interdisciplinary and holistic platform -- blending environment, culture, arts, science and technology under one roof,

• reflects the "project-based learning" educational approach of Kapolei High School (a design/build school established in fall, 2000) where students of all ages will experience an integrated "curriculum" in spaces that are flexible and regenerative to nurturing the whole person,

• is a gathering place for the community where they learn to perpetuate the Hawaiian culture and values of caring for the land and sea and be inspired through the creative arts,

• leads students and adults to pathways to conservation (e.g. as researchers, volunteers, conservation professionals),

• showcases innovative and inspirational conservation projects throughout the state,

• models sustainable architecture for Hawai`i,

• can be constructed within an anticipated budget of $4-6 million.

For the full competition program kit, click here.
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