This base camp in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California was designed as a prototype for multiple National Park Service sites.
The buildings and site design were developed to capture the spirit of wilderness camping, providing encampment and shelter in an elemental way. Each building contains a distinct function, providing essentials for eating, sleeping, and bathing.
Long roof overhangs provide shelter and shade. Deep walls are made of local stone. Wood planks are stacked to form interior walls. Glass expanses provide contrasting texture, views, and needed solar heat gain. The building design has integrated sustainable mechanical systems and building materials in consideration of a precious natural resource: the wilderness.