Students learn about aquatic ecosystems in an ecologically rich environment. The waterfront classroom extends over the water of a tidal area. The classroom area is composed of a porous floor with biological material to promote plant life, as there is an incredible diversity and abundance of life that occurs in the tidal area.
The block masses act as seating for the classroom during low tide, where students would sit around to discuss and observe the ecologically rich environment at their feet. As the tide rises, these block masses become stepping-stones. At this time, students walk across the water and use the ascending steps as seating. The platform at the terminus of the pier provides an elevated and expansive view of the opposite shore line.
The classroom experience is directly informed by the fluctuating tides, encouraging students to think about the dynamic environment in which the aquatic ecosystem resides.