The REACH is anchored by three signature pavilions that stretch across a sweeping, green lawn overlooking the Potomac River, forging a direct connection between the landscape and the river. The Welcome Pavilion, Skylight Pavilion and River Pavilion echo and extend the adjacent main building and link together below-ground to create an expansive facility providing classrooms, studios and a variety of multi-use public spaces.
Intended to break down the traditional barriers separating art and audience, the REACH is defined by its soaring open space, natural light and clean lines. To support the architectural vision while also meeting ambitious sustainability targets, Arup’s integrated team of engineers and consultants collaborated closely to develop a holistic building systems strategy that optimizes energy performance while remaining largely unseen. The strategy incorporates a range of performance-enhancing technologies, from a closed-loop, ground source heat rejection system, to advanced temperature controls and radiant floor heating.