Page D1.1 . 19 August 2009                     
ArchitectureWeek - Design Department
NEWS   |   DESIGN   |   BUILDING   |   DESIGN TOOLS   |   ENVIRONMENT   |   CULTURE
< Prev Page Next Page >
 
DESIGN
 
  •  
  • Grand Teton Visitor Center
     
  •  
  • Piano in Chicago
     
  •  
  • Seattle Lofts
     
  •  
  • Magic Blue Box

     
    AND MORE
      Current Contents
      People & Places
      Blog Center
      Book Center
      Download Center
      New Products
      Products Guide
      Classic Home
      Calendar
      Competitions
      Conferences
      Events & Exhibits
      Architecture Forum
      Architects Directory
      Topics Library
      Complete Archive
      Web Directory
      About ArchWeek
      Search
      Subscribe & Contribute
      Free Newsletters
       

     
    QUIZ

    Grand Teton Visitor Center

    by Edward Riddell, with Tom Kundig

    Early in the design process of the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Grand Teton National Park, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson made several key design decisions that were critical to the success of the project.

    First, they successfully lobbied to separate the building from the parking lot. Our culture's obsession with big box stores fronted by parking lots made this a tough sell. The design team argued that people should separate themselves from their cars and decompress from the worries of the road during the short walk from their car to the building. The board of trustees of the Grand Teton National Park Foundation agreed.

    The site enjoys a spectacular view of the Teton Range. The architects felt the building should not try to compete with that view, but enhance it. As visitors approach the building, the view of the mountain range is temporarily blocked as the mountains recede behind the undulating roof line that echoes the jagged skyline. They proceed through a calm and ordered courtyard which, with its two boulders, reminds us of the glacial history of the valley.

    Finally, passage through a low entry reveals a roof that soars up to the west, culminating in a nearly 30-foot- (nine-meter-) high glass curtain wall that looks directly to the Teton Range. Visitors stop right there to catch their breath. At that moment, they are hooked.   >>>

    Discuss this article in the Architecture Forum...

    This article is excerpted from Grand Teton: A National Park Building by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, copyright © 2009, with permission of the publisher, ORO Editions.

     

    Continue...

    ArchWeek Image
    SUBSCRIPTION SAMPLE

    The Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Wyoming's Grand Tetons National Park was designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson.
    Photo: Nic Lehoux/ Courtesy ORO Editions Extra Large Image

    ArchWeek Image

    A bookstore operated by the Grand Teton Association is an extension of the center's public spaces.
    Photo: Nic Lehoux/ Courtesy ORO Editions Extra Large Image

     

    Click on thumbnail images
    to view full-size pictures.

     
    < Prev Page Next Page > Send this to a friend       Subscribe       Contribute       Media Kit       Privacy       Comments
    ARCHWEEK  |  GREAT BUILDINGS  |  ARCHIPLANET  |  DISCUSSION  |  BOOKS  |  BLOGS  |  SEARCH
      ArchitectureWeek.com © 2009 Artifice, Inc. - All Rights Reserved