Thursday, November 4, 2010

Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center : By Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Moose, Wyoming,United States 
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Post By:Kitticoon Poopong
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson seizes on Grand Teton's natural drama with the elegant Craig Thomas Visitor Center.
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There’s nothing formulaic about the National Park Service’s new Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center for the Grand Teton National Park in Moose, Wyoming. The jagged roofline evokes the storied mountain range to the west, on view beyond a glass wall that spikes as high as 30 feet above the floor. The sawtooth floor plan accentuates the view while keeping out afternoon sun. Stocky columns of Douglas fir march through the exhibition hall; not only do they brace the roof beams, they also hint that perhaps you’re emerging from a forest and into the meadow that lies beyond the windows.

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All of these architectural moves are rooted in the Wyoming terrain, yet the 23,000-square-foot visitor center also reflects an emerging 21st-century sensibility that blends values—contemporary design with a palpable sense of place, both shaped by environmental concerns—once considered distinct in architecture. This approach is evident in much of the work of the center’s architects, the Seattle office of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, but there’s none of the Minimalist sheen that marks the firm’s high-profile Apple stores. Instead, the tactile materials and expressive forms in the Grand Tetons center, which opened in August 2007, draw on mountain houses that principal Peter Bohlin, FAIA, has crafted over the years.
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In 2001, the firm won the competition to design a badly needed starting point for the two million annual visitors who explore the Grand Tetons by foot, raft, or car. The first scheme called for a partially buried building to the east, across the Snake River, but concerns about disturbing undeveloped land led the architects to focus instead on the present site west of the river, which was already occupied by nondescript commercial buildings slated to be removed.
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The change in location transformed the design approach; the center announces itself to drivers on busy Teton Park Road with an eye-catching silhouette where the metal roof slides past the glass wall toward the mountains. What’s not obvious from the road is the center’s U-shaped layout: The central exhibition hall focuses on the mountains, while the wings point back toward the Snake River. One wing contains a gallery and small classroom, the other a bookstore and offices.
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the People

Bohlin Cywinski
Jackson Wilkes-Barre Pittsburgh Philadelphia Seattle San Francisco
Project team
Peter Q. Bohlin, FAIA, Principal for Design
Raymond S. Calabro, AIA, Project Manager
David Miller, Jessica O’Brien, Christian G. Evans, AIA, Mark Adams, Daniel Ralls, Zeke Bush, Michelle Evans
Project consultants
Ralph Applebaum Associates (Interpretive Design)
Beaudette Consulting Enginners, Inc. (Structural Engineering)
Gordon Prill Drapes, Inc. (M/E/P Engineering)
Renfro Design Group, Inc. (Lighting Design)
Swift and Company (Landscape Architects)
The Greenbusch Group (Acoustical Engineers)
Davis Langdon (Cost Estimating)
Nelson Engineering (Civil Engineering, Surveying)
Ian Mackinlay Architecture (Snow Country Design)
General Contractor
Intermountain Construction Inc.
Moose, Wyoming
Nic Lehoux
Edward Riddell
Peter Mauss/Esto
CAD System
Microstation V8

the Products

Exterior cladding
Select Stone
Metal/glass curtainwall:
Hankins & Johann, Inc.
Cast-in-place board formed concrete
Clear heart Western red cedar
Roofing Metal:
AEP SpanSeam with Cool Zactique finish
Windows Aluminum:
Hankins & Johann, Inc.
Oldcastle Glass
Hankins & Johann, Inc.
Wood doors:
VT Industries
Fire-control doors, security grilles:
Dynamic Enclosures
BEST Hinges: Rixson
Exit devices:
Von Duprin
Cabinet hardware:
Interior finishes
Acoustical ceilings:
The Rulon Company
Cabinetwork and custom woodwork:
Willow Creek Woodworking
Paints and stains:
VG Doug Fir
Floor and wall tile:
In Toilet Rooms, Terra Green Ceramics
FLOR by Interface
Office furniture:
Custom by Architect
Reception furniture and Info Desk:
Custom by Architect
Visitor Benches:
Custom by Architect
Interior ambient lighting:
Edison-Price, Elliptipar
Lucifer, Kurt Versen
B-K Lighting, Ardee, Stonco
Electronic Theater Controls (ETC)
Waterless Urinals:
Drinking Fountains:
Water Closets:
via:archrecord--By John King
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