The center celebrates the Lower Rio Grande Valley as the richest coastal migratory bird flyway in the world. Set in a twenty-five-hundred-acre park and wildlife refuge along the Rio Grande, the complex is designed as a backdrop to the landscape, with three buildings creating a set of distinctive courtyards to engage visitors with the outdoors. While its courtyard-plan concept is similar to the Laredo State Mental Health Care Facility ( LA19) by the same firm, the World Birding Center takes its cues from its immediate context by using barrel-vaulted, self-supporting corrugated-metal roof shapes that recall the agricultural storage facilities widely used throughout the farming communities of the Rio Grande delta.
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