Fort Ancient Models

Fort Ancient Final Design

The program of the new Fort Ancient Lodge and Museum is a derivative of the historical nature of the site. The triple museum set-up represents separate points in time. The topography of the site acts as a timeline on which the museums and lodge have been placed. Each museum exhibits our knowledge of that era with artifacts, models, and other physical evidence. The lodge stands apart from the other buildings; the most recent on the timeline. It is a hub of modern technology and activity, devoted to preserving and rediscovering ancient ways of life. The canopy under which all foot traffic on site occurs is the physical representation of the time travel that a visitor experiences while passing between the different destinations. Visitors are shown the direction to the museums by the prominent linear members of the canopy. They are drawn, however, down the path by the repetitive slanted slats that convey a sense of motion. After visiting a museum, visitors are pulled back into the swirling vortex parking zone of the canopy and dropped off at the next museum. Driving or hiking off path are the only means to get to the lodge after visiting the museum. This separates the mind and the body from the experiences of the past, and relocates both to a period of modern methods.

Inspired by the monolithic and unnatural flattening of the site, the new Fort Ancient Lodge and Museum complex mimics the form of the famous and characteristic mounds. Built up in layers and mounted on the site, the lodge and museums will wrap around the mountainside. The physical breaks in program allow visitors to weave in and out of the mounds under the canopy, while each new destination remains hidden from view. The best spot to see the next destination is from the observation deck of the current museum’s location. Glimpses of future destinations encourages curiosity among the visitors. The cantilevered form discerns the differences between contemporary culture and that of the Native Americans. This is further exemplified through the amount of vegetation that grows on the museum in comparison with the lodge. The first museum is overgrown with moss and mines, because it exhibits the oldest information. The foliage’s interaction with the buildings recedes until finally, the lodge stands clean, in stark contrast to the site, all four structures are constructed on the steep south-face out of respect to the historical topography. The new complex will remain submissive and complementary to the past, while also relating a hierarchy in the growth of knowledge and technology.

Fort Ancient Design Development Part 2

Fort Ancient Design Development PART 1

Erickson Schematic Design

Case Study_Luke Erickson

Solar Hemicycle (Second Jacob’s House) – Frank Lloyd Wright

The Second Jacob’s House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is a great example of how utilizing topography in design can be an advantage. Wright situated the house partially under a hill, which resulted in an extraordinary amount of usable thermal massing. Furthermore, this created an exciting livable space that was underground; warm at night and cool during the day. The south facing façade was left open to receive maximum winter sunlight. The semi-circle form maximized the solar gain in relation to the building’s latitude. He designed the building with all of these specific site factors in mind. The physical environment and the climate played a major role in the form of this house.

These same ideas drove my decision to choose zone three as a building site. Keeping the history of Fort Ancient’s site in mind, I realized that I should pay as much attention to the surroundings as the native people did. Leaving the historical site untouched is important, so there is a high possibility my design will be grounded on the steep mountainside. Zone 3 has the greatest opportunity for a south facing building that can be nestled into the mountainside, while still serving a purpose for all visitors of Fort Ancient.

Fort Ancient Site Analysis