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Final Project: James Klauder

May 19, 2011

Threading the Edge

My project is threaded along the edge condition of Fox Creek, where it is sheltered from the harsh upland prairie environment. Perched along the creek, the guest rooms look from the shelter of the trees into the tall dense grasses of a restored bottomland prairie to the west and onto the rocky prairie uplands to the east.

Site Plan

The visitors center and hotel reception is at the north, the bar of guest rooms follows the curvature of Fox Creek, and the bathhouse at the southern end is sunken into the limestone creek bank.

Lobby perspective

Vistors center lobby.

Visitors Center Plan

Visitors arrive from the parking lot in the clearing to the left. The visitors center is an alternating sequence of closed and open spaces bounded by 24-inch board-formed concrete walls. The open spaces (such as the lobby, shop, restaurant, and lounge) frame views into the surrounding grasses. The floors and ceilings are planes of varnished oak that emphasize the image of the horizon and carry the light deeper into the building. The closed spaces (such as the gallery and service spaces) do not have views but bring light in from above.

Section through shop and gallery

Section through shop and gallery

Guest room section

The guest rooms form a two-story bar of flats that follows the creek and is accessed by a boardwalk set in the restored bottomland grasses. The west façade is screened by vertical oak battens that provide a privacy screen and protect against harsh afternoon light, while the east façade consists of curtain glazing that provides clear views onto the upland prairie and refers to the shimmering water of the creek below.

Spa section

A section through the bath house. From left to right: The starlight pool, the thermal pool, and the creekview pool.

Bath perspective

The creek view pool in the bathhouse is set into the limestone creek bank. When the folding glass Nanawall enclosure is opened, the negative pool edge brings the experience of the creek directly to the bather.

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