In January 2015, CTA was contacted about designing a building to be used as a backdrop for a famous sculptor’s on-site commission at the 11,500-acre-spanning Tippet Rise Art Center, located just outside Fishtail, MT. The program requirements for the project were very simple: replicate a late-1800s one-room Montana schoolhouse to provide a relatively protected interior space for housing a sculpture made of saplings. The true purpose of the project was to inspire internationally-renowned Patrick Dougherty, who would design and create his sculpture while on-site.
Situated on a working ranch, it was important the project be constructed to minimize disturbance of the landscape. This involved maintaining a small job site footprint and using eco-friendly solutions such as corncob grit blasting for weathering the exterior wood. With few interior lights and no mechanical or plumbing systems, the project has nearly no impact on its environment. It is a passive inhabitant of its ecosystem.