Hobbs State Park Trail Structures _ 2020
Poet Richard O. Moore said, “Simplicities are enormously complex.” This sentiment accurately describes the trail head and campsite structures located along the Arkansas’ Hobbs State Park Monument Trails system.
These architectural components were designed as a vehicle for immersion into the land, fortifying the sense of place and identity. The trailhead structures and campsite shells are strategically set as a series of sculptural elements in the landscape.
Simple in structure, the process between concept and fabrication was complex, involving extensive computational design work. After base geometries and specific portions were determined, each structure was broken into sections, conforming the curved design into straight beams that could be stacked and overlapped. The multiple lengths of each individual piece were optimized to the nearest inch, and bolt connections were mapped to make assembly in the shop, and eventually on site, as efficient as possible.