global architecture firm perkins+will has completed projects across the globe and at a wide range of scales. the group has unveiled such projects as a technical building for a canadian university, a tropical home in são paulo, a proposed timber chicago skyscraper, and two major museums in china.


as part of the los angeles studio’s mandate to use design as an agent for social activism, the studio completed a pro-bono master plan proposal for ‘camp lakota’ — a camp for the girl scouts of greater LA. located about one and half hours north of the city in frazier park, the master plan for the campsite includes a dining hall and 36 cabins aimed to support the Girl Scouts’ mission of empowering girls and young women.

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while the project is designed to be both practical and contemporary, perkins+will demonstrates an influence from traditional california cabin design with timber A-frame construction. each cabin is designed to be built of 15 structural insulated panels and cross-laminated timber panels which provide structure, insulation, and interior finishes. the material is designed to be flat-packed for ease of transport and minimal environmental impact. each structure covers 230 square feet and is designed to be assembled on-site at a rate of two per day. the dining hall will be ready for photovoltaic paneling and, along with the cabins, will be naturally ventilated.

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