Inspired by the edges, shade/shadow, and solid/void characteristics of the talus slope, the program is broken down into five distinct volumes that seamlessly blend into the landscape. Oriented to surrounding site features, the volumes are connected by interior corridors and outdoor decking allowing visitors to intimately engage with the talus geology while simultaneously enjoying views to the lake and bluffs. Like the experience of exploring the talus slope, visitors are pulled through the building on an everchanging path of discovery as new views are revealed.
Nestled into the toe of the talus slope, the buildings are clad in local Baraboo Quartzite and dark wood, blending with the existing buildings of the North Shore. Outdoor spaces are incorporated within the building volumes accentuating the indoor and outdoor relationships and utilizing the talus landscape as amphitheater seating or outdoor classroom furniture.