Black Earth, Wisconsin
This unique building was originally designed for a type of psychotherapy involving theatrical presentations by small groups of participants. The work can be difficult and intensely emotional. The design incorporates a sheltered, welcoming entry into the space, and a circular stage of very specific design. The quiet rural site also has an large existing log house, to which therapist and participants retire between sessions.
In 2005 the owner donated the property to the Aldo Leopold Nature Conservancy. The vegetation has flourished, and the building and grounds now host nature walks and other educational programs.
Builder: Mike Kehl (shown standing above in midground, to the right of center, with name tag)
Above: View of the sheltered patio entry
Left: Original exterior view
The building is set into the hill to meet a stringent local code for accessory buildings, and the landscaping creates intimate outdoor places for small gatherings, within the arcs of the heavy boulder retaining wall and at a patio terrace.