The site for this project was Frederick Law Olmsted’s Lake Park so the last thing I wanted to do was disturb the park or encroach on any views. To avoid any such disturbance the building was built into a bluff facing Lake Michigan which allowed for the building to not only be a Visitor Center, but a means of traversing the hillside.

 

The building is a set of three cascading bars which make up the interior habitable space as well as the exterior path of movement. The  direction of the bars takes advantage of the awe inspiring views of Lake Michigan while not blocking said view for the park above.  

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Olmsted: Lake Park Visitor Center