Done as my Thesis Project, it was sited in the Allegheney Mountains in southwestern PA. A real rugged and rural area where the first battle of the French and Indian War was fought in 1754. The project is a learning center dedicated to giving its visitors and guests a more thorough understanding of not only the battle of Jumonville Glen itself, but also the huge war that sprung from it. It is also intended as a Parks Service headquarters for the area and a center for the conservation, preservation and display of various artifacts from the time period.
The site has a large "circular" looping walking path, and the building itself is envisioned as a series of installations along it, designed to provide you with a series of experiential thresholds that will impart relevant historical and regional knowledge. These thresholds are each meant to be exclusive in themselves to a certain extent, so that visitors of all "quantities" of knowledge can take what they want from the center and in the quantity that they want. The idea being you could have an author or historian who is very well-versed in the history being able to navigate the site amenities without being flooded with "beginner's" info if he/she doesn't want that. By the same token it is designed so that a bus full of school students are just as at-home, being able to access the full extent of the exhibits and spaces that the center has to offer, while still providing that direct connection to the historical site which lies along the walking trail.
Status: School Project
Location: Jumonville, PA, US