Off-grid Fossil Discovery Exhibit camouflages into the Texan desert

March 28, 2018 by  
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Big Bend National Park isn’t just a place of stunning landscape beauty—the Texan park is also paleontological paradise. To tell the story of the area’s rich fossil history, Texan architecture studio Lake | Flato designed the Fossil Discovery Exhibit, a series of interpretive pavilions that draws inspiration from the surrounding topography. The unstaffed, low-maintenance building operates off grid and draws energy and water from solar panels and a rainwater catchment system. Created as a series of open-air pavilions , the Fossil Discovery Exhibit takes visitors on the Big Bend Fossil Discovery Trail: a sequential walkway that covers four paleontological eras from the Early Cretaceous period to the Cenozoic Era. “The complex story of Big Bend’s remarkable landscape can be brought to life through its fossil history and the artifacts found within the park,” wrote the architects. “These characteristics create a unique opportunity for interpretation and education; the trail will describe the world-class diversity and length of Big Bend’s fossil history while directly referencing the breathtaking surrounding landscape.” Related: Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum is sustainably built from CNC-milled beetle-kill timber Elevated on concrete piers, the building is clad in perforated weathering steel for low maintenance and camouflage so as to avoid disrupting views from the road and trails. Interior partitions guide visitors through the spaces, the highlight of which is the Gallery of the Giants where massive bones and recreated skeletons are on display. Solar panels power the buildings, while the angled roof, which evokes a winged dinosaur, is optimized for rainwater collection. + Lake | Flato Via Dezeen Images by Casey Dunn

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Splinter Creek is a sustainable community of 26 lakeside homes in Mississippi

October 3, 2017 by  
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The owners of Splinter Creek , a property situated among 650 acres of pine forest, lakes and meadows in Mississippi , originally purchased the land for timber. But once they began harvesting, they realized how stunning the local ecosystem was, and decided to share the land to create a carefully considered community development around three spring-fed lakes. Helping them realize this vision, architecture firms Lake Flato , Lang Architecture and the Loch Collective conceived a masterplan of rustic homes built in concert with the environment. While Texas-based architecture firm Lake Flato produced a master site plan of roads, trails, and common structures, Lang Architecture focused on creating a concept design for a rustic modern lake house that blends seamlessly into the natural landscape . The Loch Collective produced the outdoor plan for the concept house, as well as a unique seed mix of wildflowers and native grasses for the adjacent meadows and wetlands. Related: Gorgeous Jardines del Sur House combines concrete, glass and native wood from the south of Chile The architects drew inspiration from the classic agrarian buildings of the area and came up with a design that integrates into the natural landscape and maximizes views of the pristine lakes and ridges of pine and hardwood forests. “We think holistically about the land. So it’s not just as simple as figuring out how to design one house,” said Lake Flato founder Ted Flato. “It’s, ‘What should the land be? And where should a house go?’ Our approach is architecture that’s very connected to its place.” Related: Rustic Wooden Alpine House is Powered by Both Solar and Geothermal Energy in Italy The property features 26 ready-to-build sites defined by creeks and terrain. New owners can bring in their own design and builders or choose a turnkey option of the Splinter Creek concept house, with the possibility of customizing the original design to fit individual tastes and lifestyles . + Splinter Creek + Lang Architecture + Lake Flato + Loch Collective

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