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Final Project: Andrew Buck

June 17, 2011

Getting In It: A Landscape of Thresholds

The national representation of the tall grass prairie is at The National Tall Grass Prairie Preserve just north of Strong City, Kansas. Here the old Spring Hill ranch house and farmyards have been converted into a visitor center and historical exhibit. Bus rides, hiking trails and excursions onto the preserve are all based here. But, in order to experience the true nature of this landscape it is best to enter through a crack in the fence instead of thru the open main gate. The visitor experience must strive to recreate this feeling, the program, the architecture may not take place along someone else’s property but it can create the feeling of slipping thru a barrier, a threshold, into a different world.

Visitor Center Interior

Visitor Center Interior

Visitor Center Section

Visitor Center Section

Creekside Elevation

Creekside Elevation

Creek Side Elevation

Creek Side Elevation

Campfire Units

Campfire Units

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