“It marries stunning design, paying homage to the great-camp vernacular with local stone and timber, and an educational philosophy that seeks to inject science with sizzle through high-tech multisensory exhibitions.”
The museum is set on a 32-acre site that includes frontage on one of New York’s most scenic rivers. Visitors can immerse themselves in a journey that moves seamlessly between indoor and outdoor environments as they proceed through a carefully choreographed progression of engaging spaces.
As the first LEED-certified museum in the state of New York, the Wild Center features sustainable strategies that enable it to save between 20 and 30 percent on operating costs compared to a conventionally designed building.
Enriched by local plants and wildlife, the landscape design protects and enhances the site’s biodiversity. The landscape area is maintained naturally, without manmade irrigation. A three-acre pond provides a backdrop to the building and creates an indigenous wetland that attracts birds, amphibians, small mammals and insects that can be viewed within close range. This pond also manages the site’s stormwater and exhibit water discharge.
The museum is designed in an indigenous Adirondacks style with local materials such as white pine exterior siding harvested and milled in Tupper Lake and red garnet and Champlain stone from quarries in the park.
35,000 sq. ft. / 3,250 sq. m.
32 acres / 13 hectares
ASLA New York – Honor Award
Environmental Design + Construction magazine – Excellence in Design Award
The General Builders Contractors of New York – Best New Project Award