To further their mission and reduce their environmental footprint, the New Jersey Audubon Society collaborated with Ennead and SCAPE Landscape Architecture to develop a design for the installation of a solar photovoltaic array. Their dual objective was to go “off the power grid” and to use the installation as a teaching tool to educate the public about the benefits of sustainable energy sources. The site for the installation is the Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary in Bernardsville, NJ, a destination for bird-watchers and naturalists who frequent the trails through the preserve’s upland deciduous forest, meadow, and the riparian floodplain of the Passaic River headwaters.
The pristine setting demanded an innovative approach to integrating an array of photovoltaic panels in the landscape. The design developed by Ennead and SCAPE draws inspiration from the ephemeral texture of flocking birds.