A destination for music, art, and architecture, The Tippet Rise Art Center opened earlier this summer on a 11,500-acre, working cattle and sheep ranch in Montana. Located near Yellowstone National Park, the site showcases two live performance spaces and a group of four large-scale sculptural projects designed to reflect the rural environment. One of the four projects was created by partners Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa of the Spanish-based architecture firm Ensamble Studio. This series of concrete sculptures by the duo look deceptively organic as they blend in with a background of plains and rocky façades.
The architects claim to have studied geological transformations caused by the effects of sedimentation, weathering, and crystallization in order to create a series of sculptures that not only resemble the environment but reflects its environmental processes as well. The project was designed to be harmonious with nature, prompting the team to understand how to "manipulate the structural, acoustical and thermal properties of these local materials at different scales." Their work for Tippet Rise has landed the architects an opportunity to present their work at the 2016 Venice Biennale.