How can we design engaging and resilient buildings in the developing world?
William Jefferson Clinton Children’s Center
Years in the making, the next chapter of the LEED Platinum William Jefferson Clinton Children’s Center in Haiti includes re-siting the building, refining the design and moving into construction, McLennan Design’s Green Warrior Society is pleased to continue this work on a probono basis with the USGBC, Delos and Fondation Enfant Jesus to provide a nurturing and inspirational place for children and families in need.
Thomas Knittel led the design (a role he started at HOK)
Project Name William Jefferson Clinton Childrens’ Center
Typology Children’s Center
Location Port au Prince, Haiti
Target LEED Platinum
Status Under Construction
Size 6,600 sf
Client Fondation Enfant Jesus
The design inspiration is found in a keystone species, the Kapok tree, which holds a powerful meaning in Haitian culture. It has practical, medicinal uses and spiritual meaning through the connection of earth to sky. The visible translation occurs in the branching support system of the building’s balcony system as well as in the low emissivity, heat shedding characteristics of its second skin. Leonardo da Vinci observed the branching system of trees, where the mother limb is twice the area of the daughter limb branched pair. This simple empirical formula guides the design of the diagrid facing the courtyard.