The Office of James Burnett
The NASA Astronaut Quarantine Facility, located at the Lyndon B. Johnsc Center in Houston, Texas, is used to assimilate astronauts to the cor a space and earth prior to and after flights into space.
In addition to creating pleasant outdoor spaces where family mem: astronauts can congregate, a major component of the project was to LEED status. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Des ; is given to those buildings and landscapes in the United States rai national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable deve The LEED requirement to remove excess water from the site was used as opportunity. Within sight of the building are circular detentions ponds * interesting native plants to absorb run off water and reduce maimer* irrigation requirements. The ponds are attractive and function as desi Trees are planted in a random layout in order to create a more natural e~. for recovering astronauts.
\ The program for the NASA Astronaut Quarantine Facility called for detention basins, a hardy landscape, and a contemplative outdoor gathering space for astronauts and their families Native grasses are used throughout the site Their flowing foliage creates movement in the landscape and evokes a meadow-like atmosphere.
T The detention basin is surrounded by the striking red retaining wall and supports a raised Ipe© deck with shade trees and seating.
1/ Landscape plan.
<— The juxtaposition of the lush green landscape, the red wall and pure white limestone cap bench creates a vibrant and welcoming space. The deck curb edge, metal accents, and limestone rock bed for the bench add a sophisticated finishing touch to the project.
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