A challenging program to create an approximately 40,000 SF sawmill, boat shop and antique boat museum in the sleepy town of Jefferson, TX prompted an exploration of the role of a framework in organizing vernacular programs and architectures in an inclusive and civic fashion.  The gantry crane becomes a framework for renewal in Jefferson, with the ability to support a variety of independent and indeterminate programs.  The materials and construction allow for cost effective and appropriate architecture that create subtle moments of expression while allowing easy ventilation and plenty of natural light.

Model Photo showing site on the bank of the Big Cypress Bayou, Jefferson, TX

Model Photo showing site on the bank of the Big Cypress Bayou, Jefferson, TX

These diagrams identify a variety of different programmatic options for the framework in Jefferson.

Upper Floor Plan

Lower Floor Plan