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Entry number: COL08003
Statement of Design Approach:
The design selected is evocative of both modern structure and native building traditions. It combines concrete, wood, copper, and iron, and it follows the original foot print of the existing amphitheater. The primary cantilevered beams of the shade pavilion will have a natural and organic appearance. The appearance of the natural materials will change somewhat as the wood and copper age. This will enhance the sense of an organic structure that really belongs to the site. Thus, the beams, while being strong and structurally sound, will develop natural features such as slight twists and cracks.
This structure of woven wood and copper becomes a tighter weave laterally as the wind increases from the west, and is tighter overhead to follow the movement of the sun. An apprentice program was used to construct the structure. The project was used as an educational tool for reading plans, engaging with architects and engineers and constructing a more "customized" structure. Materials and services were donated by other outside entities.
The Nature Conservancy, meanwhile, had joined others in the late 1980's in an effort to restore waters to the Truckee River and reverse the long and precipitous decline of Pyramid Lake. In 1995, as progress was being made in securing water rights for the lake, TNC turned its attention to restoring the floodplain and in-stream habitat along the lower river. This was the year that TNC began exploring the purchase of the floodplain portions of McCarran Ranch, and the five miles of river running through it.
In 2000, TNC entered into a joint agreement with the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center (TRI) to divide the property such that TNC would acquire 305 acres along the entire length of the property, while TRI would acquire the balance of the ranch's 1,600 acres for its emerging industrial park. The transaction was finally completed in 2002.
Over the next five years, TNC restored the 305 acres of McCarran Ranch it now owns to a condition that the ancient Paiutes, John C. Fremont, and other early explorers would recognize. The restoration project calls for reconstruction of the river channel to reverse human-induced changes made over the past 100 years.The McCarran Ranch Shade Structure is a memorial, resting space, gathering space and performing space as well as a beautiful and functional structure, located in the heart of a meandering restoration of the Truckee River. The structure takes cues from the Native American structures that used to inhabit this area. Woven shelters were used from the willows on the site as protection from the elements.
Material in ASL Library: Form Core Boards, Project Description Form, Exteriors Photos, Location Map, Site Plan, Floor Plan, and Interior Photos
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