George W. Green Bush Center Released
Architect Robert A.M. Stern makes the design, which is intended to blend in with more traditional Georgian architecture of the high school campus and at the same time become a more “abstract, the composition of the 21st century.
” The building is clad local Texas red brick and white limestone, and features a number of plazas, gardens, and the ceremony room.
Estimated cost of $ 250 million, the center also will house a library, archives, institutional policy, souvenir shops and cafes.
About architecture and design, a reporter for the Dallas Morning News was not too impressed, and said the building was “chaotic and unfinished business” and compared to some other Presidential Center Building, “the message of the Bush Center for a bit wet.
Apart from architecture, we are pleased to report that the building is aiming for LEED Platinum certification and is expected to open in 2013.
Center will be very energy efficient and features a green roof, photovoltaic panels, and many use recycled materials throughout.
In addition, a large garden, designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, the campus will be full of drought tolerant native grasses, plants and wild flowers which will not be trimmed, and runoff water will be harvested for irrigation purposes.
source : inhabitat