Ft. Ancient Museum and Lodge

This solution creates two connected masses placed just outside the mounds on the northwestern tip of the south fort.  The two programs, museum and lodge, are separated into the two blocks that create a frame for viewing out into the Little Miami River Valley and are connected by the terrace and canopy.  The two masses wrap around the tip of the fort and evoke the curve of the walls.  The form also takes inspiration from the fort’s fragmentation by gates by creating two masses and a letting visitors walk between the two on the terrace.

To approach the building, the visitor drives to the parking lot at the end of the vehicle road and begins the walk through a grove towards the building.  At the fork, the grove opens and the visitor sees the buildings peeking over the mound.  The path continues through gateways in the fort walls.  The boardwalk gently slopes upward to meet the building at the tip of the fort.  At the end of the boardwalk, the visitor can see the lush river valley from the covered terrace between the buildings.  Other trails in the site wind through the fort walls and forest and bring hikers close to the earthworks.  At different points in the trails, there are moments of revelation that open views to the valley, museum, and special points in the earthworks.

On the terrace, the visitor can enter either building, with the lodge and library to the right and the museum to the left.  The first space in the lodge building is the library and research room as well as the park offices.  The floor below is the private space reserved for the visiting archeologists and contains the dormitories and kitchen.  To the left of the terrace is the museum.  The first space in the building is the reception desk and gift shop.  After purchasing a ticket the visitor would descend the elevator or curved steps to the museum below. The museum space is open for circulation configuration and also contains spaces for temporary exhibits or classrooms.  Both buildings have wide ribbon windows on the north elevation for an open view of the valley and let in plenty of indirect light into the space.  The south elevations have clerestories that peak over the mound height to let in sunlight into the space.

Design Development Documents

Here is a link to my presentation documents


Zone 2 with mounds


Schematic Design – Encompassing


Case Study_Elias Lewis

Liverpool One, a master plan designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, is a new urban site located on Liverpool’s waterfront that offers residential, commercial, and retail space in the city.  This plan was designed to create a central location for the city on a site that was underused and unattractive to businesses.  The central organizing feature of the plan is Chavasse Park, a recreational area in the built over the car park and anchors the new buildings around it.  This two-hectacre park is the main green space for the area, and uses terraces, buildings, and winding pedestrian paths throughout the park.  On the northwest corner of the park is a large, rolling landform in the shape of an ellipse.  This mound rises gently and ends the park at the One West Park apartment building, which steps down and embraces the ellipse to merge with the mound at the boundary.

Although the site was completely developed, that does not mean the buildings are less attached to it.  The site was designed to link the quarters of the city together into a more unified structure, and the park in the middle is hub for it all.  The buildings embrace the site with curves around the boundaries and the park changes topography to minimize the boundary between the interior and exterior.  This plan is relevant to my design for the Ft. Ancient development because it emphasizes the transition from site to building very well.  The One West Park building seems to grow off of the mound and stands tall over the park, creating a monumental-like structure at the edge.

3D Sketchup Model: http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=a9dbaf5c6184c59ff09aeedc88146032&prevstart=0

Reference: http://www.pcparch.com/#/projects/retail/liverpool-one/

Fort Ancient Site Analysis

Ft. Ancient Site Analysis PDF