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.