Big Country veterinary hospital


In generating hybrid architecture implicating the principles and symbolic structures of the past with the building technology of the present will produce a building with a certain timelessness of character. Regionalism is the concept of discovering the sustaining aspects of the culture and traditions of the past in a particular region, and integrating them with the principals of the technology of today in order to form a new unity. To use this concept as a design tool one must begin by studying the history of the region in which the project is to be located. The architecture of the past is comprised of superimposed layers of inventions, from the nomadic forms to colonial frameworks and beyond, all of which are specific to certain regions. Regionalism seeks to identify the primary patterns used for dealing with the climate, local materials, and geography. The structures found in rural settings hold many examples of the best ways to deal with extreme climate issues. The main goal of this project is to produce something significant, which will be a hybrid using the general rules that govern the design of past buildings in the region and using modern technology. The natural context for this project is the mesquite-covered land known as the 'Big Country' in central Texas. The site is located on South H*'^ on the East Side of Abilene. The facility is to be a mixed-use animal hospital. The animal hospital will treat both small and large animals with an emphasis on equine care, given the fact that Abilene has the new Taylor County Coliseum which hosts equestrian events nearly every weekend and is located just down the street from the site.



Architecture, Veterinary hospitals -- Design and construction