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Structures of Landscape // Ensamble Studio

Fishtail, MT, United States

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Located at the edge of Yellowstone Park in Montana, Tippet Rise Art Center -with an extension over eleven thousand acres of wilderness- is born as a new destination for the arts, in which music performances and large-scale outdoor sculptures play a major role.

How the current local fauna and ranching activity can coexist with the added artistic and architectural interventions is a challenge that the project needs to embrace.

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This challenge has fueled the research that started with our early experiences in the quarry and continued with experiments like The Truffle, advancing the knowledge and appreciation of what preexisting natural conditions can bring to us, as architects and as users of architecture.

Once again we go back to primary elements to configure site-specific architectures in harmony with nature.

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Working with earth, with rocks, and learning from their formation logic, different techniques and processes are developed to manipulate the structural, acoustical and thermal properties of these local materials at different scales; and geological transformation processes –sedimentation, erosion, weathering, crystallization, compaction, metamorphism- reinterpreted to cultivate structures made of landscape, from landscape.

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Structures that stir existing matter and reinforce it, using highly engineered processes while welcoming unpredictable results. The forms obtained have been twinned with those taken from the land that previously contained and supported them when in state of rest, from which they retain memory and imprint and to which they introduce new meaning and tension.

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They are structures of landscape because they are born from it and give it order, transforming matter into inhabitable space and unfolding a newconstellation of programs among the plateaus, ridges, canyons and hills of brutal beauty that compose the site.Structures of Landscape enable habitation without exploitation, and intimate relationships with the environment.

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They resonate with the immensity, the roughness, the silence and the magic loneliness of the place amplifying its values, and situate our actions in an ambiguous position between nature, architecture and art; they can be one and all, or a completely different category that only makes sense where it was born..

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Structures of Landscape Gallery

Let the Sunshine In — and Control It

Flooding spaces with natural light is more popular than ever in architecture today. Not only does it reduce the need for artificial lighting (and therefore translates to energy savings), but it provides a connection to nature and the outdoors. The sun’s power is a double-edged sword, however, causing heat gain that may negate those energy savings. We take a look at six outstanding products — winners and finalists of the 2015 A+Awards

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The Forbidden City Red-wall Teahouse // unarchitecte

Beijing, China

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