The site was previously used as a campground. Since acquiring the 29-acre property, L.L.Bean had been running kayaking and cycling programs out of a collection of leftover structures at the site. A rented double-wide trailer served as a staff office, classroom space, kitchen, and winter storage. L.L.Bean desired a perminent home that was welcoming for visitors and gave its staff the tools necessary for them to create great experiences for participants.
Homebase for Outdoor Adventure
The L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery School overlooks picturesque Brickyard Cove in Lower Flying Point, just southeast of Freeport on the Maine coast. The new facility is the first of its kind for L.L.Bean, and is designed to serve as a base and education center for kayak, paddleboard, and cycling expeditions. The project takes its cue from its pristine location and the familiar L.L.Bean brand, with an overarching design theme of creating a memorable experience for those who come to enjoy this special place and nature in general.
The Outdoor Discovery School caters to both the season outdoorsman and the curious child, taking advantage of every opportunity afforded by the site to bring them both as close to nature as possible. The visitor experience as one drives down the access road toward Little Flying Point is all-important. The site comes into view gradually; arriving at the parking lot, the visitors can see the water, smell the salt air, and begin to anticipate the day’s adventure.