Prince William County Eco Facility
TEAM Saeed Dornajafi, Soenke Naehr, Lantian Zhang, Kevin Lee, Aaron Kanapesky, Yunting Lin, Zueyan Han
ROLE Lead designer
PROFESSORS Robert Dunay, Nathan King, Chip Clark
LOCATION Manassas, VA, USA
The process of dumping, crushing, and covering vast quantities of debris in designated zones provides an unusual context to situate a building. The transformation of waste material, discards of daily life, into grass covered hills demands attention both for its necessity and undesirability. No one knows what will happen to this landscape once the landfill is full decades hence, but the goal of this new intervention is to provide educational moments, making the journey an attribute toward sustainability.
The siting of the building establishes its presence through a sequence of impressions by which the landscape is blocked and then revealed through a carefully constructed frame. This first impression establishes a “gateway” start of an educational experience where the processing of garbage becomes a sight to behold.