Osage House is a private wedding venue and event center in Cave Springs, AR. It sits in a pastoral setting among hundreds of acres of woods and rolling hills. The facility is comprised of 3 buildings - a chapel, a main event hall, and a building for smaller events.
This project started just like any other - the client came to us with no budget and no idea what kind of project they wanted. They only knew that they could not afford the land they had purchased and needed a way to make it generate revenue.
Rather than suggest something reasonable like raising cattle or sheep, naturally we convinced them the best solution was to double down on their decision and build an entire event campus in a completely unrealistic timeframe.
At this point, the challenge became: how to design and build a very upscale appearing facility in the shortest time possible, and for the least amount of cost. Using simple construction techniques and readily available materials, we set out to create something truly unique for the client. Poured concrete walls and pre-engineered steel buildings combine in unexpected ways to create simple but interesting forms. Stone and metal cladding are used to keep cost down and soften the modern forms, while large expanses of glass capture vignettes of the pastoral setting from within.