KAMPONG EDUCATION CENTER

The Schokman Education Center, designed by Strang in 2008, is a thoughtful and deferential addition to the historic Fairchild estate.  Confronted with the challenge of complementing the unusual modern Asian/Mediterranean theme of the existing home, Strang eagerly adopted and expanded upon the use of locally-sourced ‘oolite’ to create that linkage between the old and the new.  Oolitic limestone is the bedrock of Miami and gives The Kampong a resilient elevation of twenty feet above the adjacent Biscayne Bay.  The Schokman Education Center features massive piers of oolite that support a roof of exposed concrete.  The piers also conceal a network of downspouts that direct rainwater to underground cisterns which are used to irrigate the garden’s collection of rare tropical flora.  

Client
National Tropical Botanical Gardens, Inc.
Location
Coconut Grove, FL
Status
Completed, 2008
Photography
Claudia Uribe
Max Strang Architecture
Awards
AIA MIAMI Merit Award for Architecture, 2007
Media
Metropolis Magazine, 2008
Home Miami, 2008
Plum Magazine, 2008

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