The seemingly small $2.5 million cost of the sustainable project is a tribute to the many thoughtful decisions that make this a visible symbol of Thoreau’s legacy.
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Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts attracted over a half million people in 2016, with a third of them coming from outside the United States. But the facilities were sorely lacking in outreach and support for such a large audience. For the architects tasked with designing a new visitor center, the challenge was to accommodate the huge number of visitors looking for a good time at the beach while respecting those who come for a transcendental experience.
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