Karoo Wilderness Center

The planned Karoo Wilderness Center is a natural resource conservation-and-management center in the Karoo region of South Africa. Concrete walls and gum-pole-clad cupped roofs shelter conference areas, residences, lounges, and a theater, among other spaces.

View from the North

View of the Lodge building with the Library to the left.

Site and Floor Plan

The cupped roofs, clad in insulating gum-poles on the underside, define interior spaces such as the lodge.

View into the dining/lounge area

View of study stations in the library.

Potable water is stored in covered tanks in the roof depressions; and the thermal mass helps with radiant hydronic and evaporative cooling in the summer. A heat exchanger conditions water for radiant heating in the winter.

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