The Learning Lodge

at Grandfather Mountain

Linville, NC

Project Type

Civic & Cultural


25,000 Square Feet

Design Services

Architecture, Digital Visualization, Interior Architecture, Sustainability

Located off the Blue Ridge Parkway in the North Carolina mountains, The Learning Lodge at Grandfather Mountain was designed to be the first public Zero Energy Building (ZEB) in the state.

The intent combines environmental research, education programs and outreach efforts that provide a new way of thinking about humankind’s interaction with the environment. Using inspiration from the site’s surroundings, our design team developed a concept-driven by conservation, restoration, reduction, recycling and renewable energy.

Incorporating Regenerative Design

The facility uses the unique site characteristics to not only minimize the impact on the surrounding area, but also to give back to the community and the environment. The design incorporates numerous ZEB com-ponents including an energy wheel, demand-controlled ventilation, a ground coupled geothermal system, solar thermal collectors, photovoltaic panels, and wind micro turbines.