Brooks Lake Observatory
BROOKS LAKE LODGE OBSERVATORY
Astronomer : Sam Singer
Architecture : Jamie Farmer + Jakub Galczynski
Structural Engineer : Carla Hansen + Whitney Achter
LOCATION Brooks Lake Lodge – Dubios, Wyoming
Preserving the historical aesthetic of Brooks Lake Lodge is critical to design. The lodge was discovered in September 1889, by Bryant B. Brooks. In 1922 the lodge served travelers enroute to Yellowstone Nation Park. The lodge later operated as Diamond G Ranch and is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The observatory will be consist of a log stack assembly, which proves to be complicated for a roll-off roof assembly. To avoid future issues with log settling, the support posts include adjustable screw jacks. Schematic structural designs included a separate steel frame, as shown in the rendering above. Although more durable, the steel expenses were too high.
INITIAL SITE VISIT
Jamie Farmer, Sam Singer, and I arrived at Brooks Lake Lodge in the Summer of 2015. We took design observation notes and enjoyed the incredible Wyoming landscape. The remote location of the lodge already provides tremendous star gazing opportunities. This observatory will be truly one of a kind.
Initial plans included a observatory, control room and planetarium. However, the roof height would have needed to be higher and block much of the night sky. The current observatory plans have been optimized for the most exposure to the night sky, while including a gable roof (preserving historic aesthetic).