Whittingham Discovery Center

Centerbrook partnered with the Mill River Park Collaborative to design a new community gathering venue in the 31-acre Mill River Park in downtown Stamford. The park was created to provide a new model for redefining urban life and attracting residents who want to work and live in close proximity without sacrificing their quality of life. Stamford is home to many corporate headquarters and its downtown has experienced substantial residential development.


Mill River Park Collaborative

Location Stamford, CT
Size 10,000 Sq. Ft.
Program Event Spaces, Science Labs, Café, Rooftop Deck
Photo Credit Jeff Goldberg/Esto
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Centerbrook’s design establishes an icon in the park to attract visitors to a vibrant community place. The building serves as a learning and development center for Mill River Park’s educational programs about integrating nature into the city. It also provides a dramatic space for special events and supports the daily operations of the park itself.

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Its environmental science labs are equipped with advanced technology and feature interactive exhibits. Located near walking trails along the Mill River, the Center presides over a public plaza and an open-air skating rink and fountain. Its roofs are clad with photovoltaic panels and a green roof that serves as an outdoor events space. A café provides gracious outdoor seating.

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