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A u g u s t a n a C o l l e g e, S i o u x F a l l s


INTRODUCTION Client: Augustana College / The Center for Western Studies Date of Completion: 2001 Area: 20,000 square feet

The Center for Western Studies building is designed to embody the character of the region and help make history exciting, accessible, attractive, inviting and visible. It is designed to tell the important story of our region and to recognize the character of the Augustana campus and the Mikkelsen Library to which it is attached.


PROGRAM


PROGRAM The building’s form: in plan, a square in a circle; in elevation, a series of horizontal lines; and in massing, a truncated cone (tipi) intersecting a box.


PROGRAM


PROGRAM


PROGRAM


MATERIALS The building’s materials, primarily regional in origin: like limestone from Mankato, granite from Millbank and brick from northwestern Iowa, pay homage to the cultural history, geography and geology of the prairie.


PROGRAM


EXHIBIT SPACES A progression of exterior and interior spaces represents the progression of major eras from the unpeopled prairie the plaza, to the Native American - the tipi shaped lobby with prayer wheel design in its floor, to the period of European settlement - the first exhibit space, to today - the second exhibit space.


EXHIBIT SPACES


EXHIBIT SPACES


ENTRANCE The Center’s entrance is oriented to the south, giving equal attention to all those served by the Center - both on campus and off.

Profile for Koch Hazard Architects

Center for Western Studies  

This project is a 2003 AIA South Dakota Design Merit Award winner.

Center for Western Studies  

This project is a 2003 AIA South Dakota Design Merit Award winner.

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