Hacker Architects: Black Butte Ranch – an iconic resort community located near Sisters, Oregon – sits at the gateway to Oregon’s high desert. First planned in the early 1970s, the Ranch is a vacation destination for many, and a year-round home for some. The new 15,000-square-foot “Lakeside” replaces the well-worn main pool facility and revives the “heart” of the Ranch. The two buildings house a Bistro with indoor and outdoor seating, an outdoor pool and hot tub, locker rooms, a fitness room, an activity center for kids and teenagers, and an outdoor play area for kids. The design set out to do three things: evolve the legacy of Pacific Northwest regional modernism at the Ranch, intensify the connection to the landscape, and enhance the user experience.
The magnificent site sits between the original modernist Ranch buildings from the early 1970s: the award-winning Country House Condominiums and the Lodge. Inspired by the barn-like simplicity of the Country House Condominiums and the abstracted landform roof lines of the Lodge, the design evolves the building tradition to become more profoundly connected to the surrounding landscape
The site design continues the classic Black Butte Ranch arrival sequence: sweeping movement traveling through the site with unfolding views of the Cascade Mountains. The new buildings are arranged along an arcing pathway with each new building having its entry on this path. Openings, breezeways, and overhangs become apertures for distilling the volcanic landscape into distinct moments, unfolding to weave the horizon of the Three Sisters and Mt. Washington into the spaces.
By creating a variety of spaces at the boundary between inside and outside, the design offers varied levels of connection to the landscape as well as opportunities for both solitude and community. The Bistro has indoor and outdoor dining and fireplaces located for cozy winter mornings as well as summer evenings. Deep overhangs provide shade in summer and warming in winter, while reducing glare to the interior from the intense high desert sun. The activity center gives kids (and parents) a place to be kids with an unfinished interior that can take the wear and tear of messy art projects and even water balloon fights.