IDEAS Children’s Center Woodbridge, VA
2020 - On the Boards
IDEAS Children’s Center is designed as a new immersive learning environment that places emphasis on engaging with nature. The new 20,000 sf ft facility designed by Gray Organschi Architects is situated on 4.4-acre wooded site in Woodbridge, VA, uniquely situated between the Virginia Piedmont Plateau and Coastal Plain. The site design seamlessly integrates the architecture into the domed site and celebrates the arrival sequence through sinuous curves while ascending of over 32 to The Entry Plaza. Exterior decks and outdoor laboratories invite the internal programming of each unique learning studio outdoors. The site design intricately weaves sinuous pathways between existing stands of mature tulip, maple and birch trees to provide much needed shade for play spaces that are integrated into the existing woodland. Outdoor performance spaces including a Woodland Theater and Play Lawn create venues for large gatherings and intimate classroom experiences. Undulating landforms, rock outcroppings, and reused timber create an immersive outdoor play experience educating young people about the boundlessness of their regional ecologies.
Client | YK Development Group
Architect | Gray Organschi Architects
Civil Engineering | Greenway Engineering