Omega Center for Sustainable Living

Images

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This photo shows the east facade overlooking the constructed wetlands.

This photo shows the east facade overlooking the constructed wetlands.
Credit: © Assassi

This series of photographs shows the site context. The Omega campus is located near Rhinebeck, New York, within the 154-mile lower Hudson River basin.

This series of photographs shows the site context. The Omega campus is located near Rhinebeck, New York, within the 154-mile lower Hudson River basin.
Credit: Upper: Google Images; Lower: Provided courtesy of Omega Institute for Holistic Studies

This series of photos shows a number of the site's environmental features.

This series of photos shows a number of the site's environmental features.
Credit: © Assassi

This photo shows the building's south facade overlooking the constructed wetlands.

This photo shows the building's south facade overlooking the constructed wetlands.
Credit: © Assassi

This photo shows the building's facade from the south, including the photovoltaic array and constructed wetlands.

This photo shows the building's facade from the south, including the photovoltaic array and constructed wetlands.
Credit: © Assassi

This photo shows a close-up view of the photovoltaic array and part of the building's southern elevation.

This photo shows a close-up view of the photovoltaic array and part of the building's southern elevation.
Credit: © Assassi

This photo shows the wood rainscreen siding. The rainscreen is made from reclaimed cypress lumber and eliminates the need for painting.

This photo shows the wood rainscreen siding. The rainscreen is made from reclaimed cypress lumber and eliminates the need for painting.
Credit: © Assassi

This photo shows members of a yoga class being conducted in the classroom space, which is used for teaching sustainable design workshops and holistic programs.

This photo shows members of a yoga class being conducted in the classroom space, which is used for teaching sustainable design workshops and holistic programs.
Credit: © Assassi

This photo shows the Eco Machine, based on the same natural science as estuaries, nature’s own water filtration system. It is comprised of a series of holding tanks, each containing a slightly...

This photo shows the Eco Machine, based on the same natural science as estuaries, nature’s own water filtration system. It is comprised of a series of holding tanks, each containing a slightly different ecosystem. Plants and natural bacteria break down waste by-products over a 1 to 3 day journey through the tanks, progressively purifying the water.
Credit: © Assassi

This photo shows the lobby with natural light entering through a clerestory. Interior materials include reclaimed beech ceiling material, FSC certified wood windows, urea-formaldehyde free wood beams,...

This photo shows the lobby with natural light entering through a clerestory. Interior materials include reclaimed beech ceiling material, FSC certified wood windows, urea-formaldehyde free wood beams, and salvaged doors.
Credit: © Assassi

This photo shows the entrance, including a vegetated roof over the lobby to help mitigate heat island  effect.

This photo shows the entrance, including a vegetated roof over the lobby to help mitigate heat island effect.
Credit: © Assassi

This photo shows, from left to right: 
clerestory windows, wood rainscreens, solar tracking skylights, aerated lagoons, and graywater distribution headers.

This photo shows, from left to right: clerestory windows, wood rainscreens, solar tracking skylights, aerated lagoons, and graywater distribution headers.
Credit: © BNIM Architects

This building section diagram illustrates sustainable strategies, building organization, and material use.

This building section diagram illustrates sustainable strategies, building organization, and material use.
Credit: © BNIM Architects

This image is an overhead diagram of the organizational layout of the building.

This image is an overhead diagram of the organizational layout of the building.
Credit: © BNIM Architects

This overhead diagram shows the site plan, including the features of each area.

This overhead diagram shows the site plan, including the features of each area.
Credit: © BNIM Architects

This image shows the psychrometric chart for Poughkeepsie, NY.

This image shows the psychrometric chart for Poughkeepsie, NY.
Credit: Provided by BNIM Architects

The site's passive and mechanical systems are shown in this series of schematic diagrams.

The site's passive and mechanical systems are shown in this series of schematic diagrams.
Credit: © BNIM Architects

This photo shows the building's eastern facade.

This photo shows the building's eastern facade.
Credit: © Assassi

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