The San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center in Cardiff-by-the-Sea is a very special place.
Inside the Nature Center visitors can learn all about the nearby wetland and its wildlife. Outside, the building’s organic, curving lines seem to flow through the natural environment around it.
At every chance, I’ll poke my nose into any nature center. When I walked through San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve and saw this beautiful structure, I was eager to walk all around it and explore inside.
The 5,600 square foot, multi-award winning building, completed in 2009, was designed by Zagrodnic + Thomas Architects. It is light-filled, spacious and visually stimulating.
The construction is environmentally friendly. The building is made out of recycled materials and has irrigated roof plants, solar panels and recycled water.
A big observation deck allows visitors to look out over the lagoon. Excited kids were exploring easy trails winding near its front entrance.
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