Forest Service structures on the Great Plains
must respond to the subtle landscapes of their
settings. They should be low to the ground, of
light color and structure, and provide shade and
other sheltering elements against a harsh
climate. Study cultural landmarks such as ranch
complexes and farmsteads to see how they were
integrated into the land. To achieve sustainability,
carefully choose materials that endure and
provide comfort with minimal expenditure of
energy and materials.
Figure of work structure characteristics with solar orientation/daylighting.
Figure of appropriate building elements include:
• Daylighting shaded
• Stepped horizontal rooflines
• Rooted in landscape
Figure of a shade shelter for interpretation with characteristic use of:
• Light, dimensional timbers
• Local stone, such as sandstone, layered in horizontal pattern
Figure of toilet facility with characteristics of:
• Light structure
• Fine-scale materials
Figure of utilitarian, work center with characteristics of finer detailing.
Figure of a building with low, horizontal forms.
Figure of visitor center with the following characteristics:
• Horizontal site elements
• Horizontal bands of windows
• Layered, horizontal planes
• Broad overhangs
• Vertical accent