The towers are designed to be placed in select locations through the mountain, organized to allow unique, site-specific moments of viewing. Furthermore, the skier will be able to recognize these towers as “beacons”, giving a sense of scale and location to their skiing experience. The towers are intended to interact, rather than impede, upon the landscape. 

Satellite Towers

The perforated skin system is designed to act as both a thermal barrier between the harsh winds of Montana as well as a conceptual element intended to create unique lighting conditions within the building 

Floor Plans

Building Systems


The Bridger Tower Project is a comprehensive studio proposal exploring the means for enriching the skiing experience at Bridger Bowl in Bozeman, Montana. Recognizing the tree as a parti, vertical integration was the focus of the overall design strategy. Included in the master plan is a mid-mountain lodge as well as partnering satellite observation towers.

Bridger Bowl Ski Area,  Bozeman, MT


The base lift enters the mid-mountain lodge already elevated. This strategy is intended to enable the skier to view the mountain from a new perspective, giving them more control over their ensuing runs. Immediately adjacent, via bridge, is the observation tower, giving the individual a more heightened perspective on the mountain.

The heavy horizontal language demonstrated by the floor plans is intentional, intercepting people as they ski down the mountain and encouraging them to interact with the building or reflect upon their latest run.

The approach observes the vertical nature of the tree and begins to explore moments within this experience.The strategy for exploration begins with the implementation of a structure which emulates the tree as it exists in nature. By creating specific categories within the various elevations of the tree’s vertical realm, it is now possible to explore the human vantage point through an architectural design.



Building Skin

A number of passive strategies were designed into the warming huts including natural light wells, opportunities for natural ventilation and insulation by utilizing thermal mass.

The Proposed mId-mountain Lodge is comprised of three primary components, a lift tower, warming huts and observation tower. The skin system is designed to help control extreme temperature gains and help passively flush the building in the hotter months. It also interacts with the observation tower located just west of the lodge, providing unique views to the skier as they ascend.


Project by: Steven Berkas

Professor: Jack Smith

Spring 2014

Building Sections