This was my second project in architectural school and still my favorite. The project called for a visitor center to be installed in pioneer’s park, and the center was supposed to reflect the park’s history. As a precedent I choose the early homesteaders, and investigated their use of the Earth to construct their homes.
I took this an evolved it, creating a structure that literally takes its form and material from the earth. The buildings roof seems to flow down from the hill and peel back revealing the nature sanctuary inside. The roof was intended to be covered in native Nebraskan prairie grasses and become an extension of the surrounding area.
Enjoy, someday I hope to design a building in my native Nebraska and I will undoubtedly use this as my jumping off point.
Also, my current professor recently came to my architecture college from the Architectural Association in London, and informed our class that the midwest is the only place that still uses wood, weird I know.