Keep it simple! How simple is simple?
Current state forces our hand to rush into a solution in order to protect the body of the Hoffman's kiln that desperately needs to be protected as soon as possible to avoid future degradation of the structure due to leaky roof resulting in water seeping in and freezing in the winter.
After the lime production finished approximately 1960 - 1970, the building and its surroundings were transformed into a construction material warehouse. All of the fire tunnels leading into the kiln's core and to the chimney were covered up and plastered over.
This was practical for the use of the space; however, the building had no chance to dry correctly since then.
The goal is also to allow the building to "breathe." In the below picture you can see a display of the fire tunnels that were closed. We are in the process of opening those pathways up allowing air to pass through and dry the building ba the natural draw of the industrial chimney.
In this blog post, we are also sharing with you some of the designs for the building. Some of them are experimental and leading into the absolute best design to accommodate the Earthship design and the building features as well as the sun location on the construction site.
Current state with new roof, deck and view point on the chimney:
South glamping dome, deck and view point on the chimney:
South facing design with a deck.
South facing design with a restaurant and additional A-frame accommodation units.
Earthship inspired off grid education/presentation center.
South facing design with a restaurant and a drive up ramp to the upstairs.
South facing modular design with a restaurant, drive up ramp and additional A-frame accommodation units.
South facing modular design with a restaurant drive up ramp and additional A-frame accommodation units. Including an outside podium.
Current suitable solution: the Greenhouse design with a drive up ramp.