Museums are an important part of our society. They offer us an opportunity to reconnect with our past, understand our human context in the overall realm and reaffirm our humanity with respect to its place on this Earth. To design an interpretive center is an introspective journey. This design is not about the designer, instead it is about the complete demographic of users and their individual cognitive maps, expectations and perspectives. Additionally, individuals and age groups absorb information differently. Some react more to experiential, participative and immersive presentation, while others respond to a more passive, absorptive and reflective experience. An interpretive center must be able to facilitate diverse learning styles.

Lamb Spring is a non-profit organization located in Douglas County, south of Chatfield Reservoir. Their mission is the conservation of natural scientific resources and support of education and research activities. They presently control a 36 acre site off Titan Road. There is currently no permanent space for exhibit, interpretation, scientific study or research. They plan on building an interpretive and research facility that would support their proposed activities and leverage future programs to a higher level of performance and effectiveness. The intent of this design engagement is to develop responsible solutions to their needs and provide collateral in the form of architectural drawings and models. These will be used to create public and private interest for fund raising. It is essentially an economic development effort to preserve a scientific and educational asset as well as increase revenues.

lamb spring: archeological preserve


integration + separation



[comprehensive studio]


2013 arch-6150


douglas county, colorado : location


kenneth andrews : instructor


brenda martinez : partner


25,000 sq.ft. : size





first principles

ruling antinomy
integration + s e p e r a t i o n

The Site |

The architecture shall integrate itself within the site, NOT an addition to it. INTEGRATION


The institution shall impact the site and land as little and as carefully as possible. FLOATING



The Exhibit |

The exhibit shall project itself outward in terms of form, function, economy and time. PROJECTION



Research |

Lines between researcher and visitors shall be diminished to the extent of exposure. TRANSPARENCY



Education |

The institution shall display knowledge and exhibit information in an exposed and lucid fashion with a connection to the research and laboratory. EXPOSURE & CONNECTION


The institution shall provoke the nature of knowledge, information, and curiosity of archaeology. PROVOKE



The "Dig" |

The dig site shall function with the laboratory and be visible to visitors. The dig site shall be centralized as to the place where everything evolves around. CENTRALIZATION


the site







the program

extended exhibit [view towards the dig]
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site diagrams



section model [scale: 1/4"=1'-0"]