This project focused on two goals: the importance of the individual client and the importance of handcraft. These objectives were married in a real proposal for the future home of the Boulder Studio Arts campus. The site the client was seeking to purchase was on the side of a small butte that had been plagued by mining operations over the previous centuries. The group design of Danny Warren, Gor Djiganian, and myself focused on rehabilitating this neglected landscape through the strategic placement of rammed earth campus buildings and by anchoring them directly into the remarkable topography of the hillside.
In order to reinforce the synthesis of the arts school plan to the landscape of the butte, rammed earth was chosen as the primary building material. The use of earthen walls not only implies a renewed respect for the land, but also reflects the harmonious relationship that the ceramic arts, the central studio of the campus, has to the earth. In combination with green roofs, the buildings bring users into the land.