Hawaii to get new sustainable learning facility by Eight Inc.
In 2004, Eight Inc. garnered first place in the Malama Learning Center International Architectural Design Competition among 236 submissions. The Mālama Learning Center is a non-profit organisation that brings art, science, conservation, and culture together to promote sustainable living throughout Hawaii.
The Mālama Learning Center is the result of a shared vision among educators, conservation groups, businesses, and community members to create an innovative learning center on Oahu to promote healthy, sustainable living in an island environment. The Malama Learning Center is targeted to achieve LEED Gold Certification. It incorporates both educational and cultural areas.
Eight Inc.'s approach takes into consideration both indoor and outdoor use and focuses on creating an environment sensitive to the needs of both its users and its environment with a focus on respectful integration into its surroundings. Attention was also paid to the operational needs and life-cycle costs of the project. When completed the center will 'advance conservation and celebrate the natural and cultural heritage of Hawaii via the performing and visual arts' and will be a role model for future sustainable architecture.