2017 Best of Design Award for Student Work: Preston Outdoor Education Station
YMCA’s Camp Wood called on Kansas State University’s fifth-year architecture studio to design and build an outdoor education station on its property within the Tallgrass Prairie, North America’s most endangered landscape. Two requirements were given: The project must survive annual prairie burns, and the work must dissolve elegantly into the landscape. What began as a simple shade structure evolved into a flexible, programmable, and experiential backdrop for intimately connecting campers to the immediate landscape. Each station, designed and built by students, engages the environment and locally sourced materials to focus on essential elements of the prairie: insects, wind, stone, grass, and sky. The stations are connected by a pathway that extends from a 300-linear-foot dry-stacked limestone wall.
“This is an elegant pavilion, and an impressive scale for a group of students. The detailing is well-executed.” —Matt Shaw, senior editor, The Architect’s Newspaper (juror)
Camp Wood Director and Client:
Luke Koch, Koch Construction Specialties
Rick Mitchell, Mitchell-Markowitz Construction
Jay Scott, Scott Construction
R-TECH Tool and Machine
Project: Waldo Duplex
Designer: el dorado
School: Kansas State University, College of Architecture, Planning, and Design
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
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