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2010 TSA Studio Award, "Warren Ranch Visitor’s Center"
Hockley, Texas
Heidi Dellafera Eagleton (Faculty Advisor), Adam Boutte (Teaching Assistant, Gary Fondel (Architectural Intern), with Studio VII, Prairie View A & M University School of Architecture

A visitor’s center is planned for the Katy Prairie Conservancy’s Warren Ranch, the largest cattle ranch in Harris County, to reconnect people to the prairie’s cattle ranching culture and traditions and to promote community and a sense of place. The program includes: a multi-purpose space with kitchen facilities, an adaptive reuse of a historic barn (circa,1927); an open-air pavilion; and, bunk rooms and ten individual cabins for overnight guests.

Sleeping facilities, elevated on piers, touch lightly on the land and are connected to existing buildings by trellised walkways and a large deck that doubles as an outdoor classroom and exhibit space. These unconditioned buildings are sited to maximize views, and have narrow footprints and operable windows to take advantage of summer breezes. Covered porches, roof overhangs, louvers, and sun screens protect interiors from intense Texas sun. Bunk room roofs collect rainwater for storage in large cisterns. Individual cabins are crafted from recycled shipping containers.

The barn is left intact. Its original structure is exposed on the interior and a bank of overhead doors open to the deck. An abandoned recycled garage serves as an entry to the complex. Local materials are used throughout, including surplus pipe from area oil fields.
Royse-Eagleton Architects Project