The Department of Natural Resource’s Ranger Stations, located in the cities of Prentice, Whiting, and Tomah, are three distinct iterations of one design. Strategic programmatic organizational decisions, environmental responses and material choices were used to deliver a cohesive design within all locations.
Building materials were kept minimal with two pervasive materials: burnished concrete masonry units and natural cedar wood with a transparent stain. This earthy and industrial, pallet creates a strong yet casual feel on both the exterior and interior of the stations. The cool tones of the storage unit’s masonry shell contrasts with the warm cedar wood, which is prevalent on the domestically scaled office spaces. The overall station design works within specified parameters to maximize the utility and function of three different programmatic elements, while one architectural concept makes unique each building to its individual location.