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Terra Chula

  1. 1. T E R R A C H U L A A Sporting Plantation 1
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  3. 3. The name Terra Chula means “beautiful land” and isderived from the Timucua Indian language where terrapertains to land, or landscape, and chula means beautiful.The Timucua language was predominantly spoken inthis area from as early as 2000 B.C. until the end of the First Spanish Period in the early 1760s. 3
  4. 4. THE SITETerra Chula plantation is located insouthern Georgia and encompassesnearly 2000 acres in Brooks County.The plantation sits in the heart of thequail-hunting belt of southern Georgiaand is comprised of open agriculturalfields, mature live oak groves, slashand long leaf pine stands, mature baldcypress stands and mixed hardwoodforests along the property’s northernborder of Piscola Creek.Water is not only a bounding landscapeelement, but a focal feature as threelarge ponds total nearly fifty acresof contiguous open water. Theseponds sit juxtaposed to the gentlyundulating landform that characterizesthe plantation and offers dynamic andcommanding views from atop the highpoints.An abundance of wildlife resides withinthe acreage of Terra Chula - including,but not limited to, alligators, white taildeer, eastern wild turkey, dove, quail,duck species and a host of other non-game animals and fowl.This rich diversity of landform, plantand animal life, and dynamic waterfeatures set the stage for creating amemorable plantation experience thatpossesses a permanence only achievedthrough meticulous and carefulthoughtfulness and planning. 4
  5. 5. sketch of pine stand and native wire grasses sketch of cypress pond sketch of live oak allee existing site images 5
  6. 6. PROPERTY VISIONThe vision for Terra Chula is to createa multi-functional retreat for hunting,wildlife viewing and family recreationwith the flexibility to sell shares tofuture investors. Hunting on theplantation is focused primarily on quail,but also includes deer, duck, dove,rabbit and turkey. The tactical sitingof the plantation’s operational facilitiescarefully considered a multi-layeredtrail system that interweaves thoseelements with the hunting grounds,recreational facilities and lodge site.The programmatic elements include:- lodge- equestrian facility- sporting clays course- quail habitat- entry gate + drive- maintenance barn + dog kennels- manager’s home- future home sites- pond enhancement- boat + oyster house- trail system- fencingThese elements are positioned aroundthe largest of three cypress ponds,making this dynamic body of waterthe focal point for the heart of theplantation. The lodge is located at thehighest point on the property, takingadvantage of sunset views across thewater, while taking in the equestrianfacility and shooting tower. Theequestrian facility is in view of thelodge and also has long views acrossopen water. The sporting clay courseis sited around the ponds providing adiverse shooting experience.Although the destinations arespectacular, the journeys betweenthese places are just as memorable andexciting, as paths and roads make theirway across causeways, between thecypress ponds, and through cathedral-like allees of live oaks and pine stands. 6
  7. 7. north SR: 6/21 SS: 6/21 @ 640 @ 645 SS: 9/21 SR: 9/21 @ 740 @ 535 SS: 12/21 SR: 12/21 @ 535 @ 730 sun angles (east of north): SR - 12/21 = 117.3 SS - 12/21 = 242.6 SR - 3/21, 9/21 = 89.6, 89.1 SS - 3/21, 9/21 = 270.2, 270.7 SR - 6/21 = 62.0 SS - 6/21 = 298.0solar analysis of lodge site initial circulation diagram conceptual bubble diagram of program elements arranged around cypress ponds conceptual master plan 7
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  9. 9. THE BEGINNINGAfter the results from site investigationsand analyses were recorded, whichultimately allowed the site (landform,solar orientation, water, vegetation,wildlife) to give clues as to how itis best revealed, the design team atField Sport Concepts, working withSummerour Architects, synthesized theclient’s desires and the site’s clues withsound design principles and creativityto produce a conceptual master plan.Once the vision for Terra Chula wasidentified and a conceptual master planestablished, Field Sport Concepts beganto work closely with engineers, pla neers, plantationmanagers, wildlife biologists, fe , fencing,irrigation consultants and the client in n c nts clieleading the pro s of designing ea of he process eachthe programmatic elements. ammThe overarching vision o th property ching visio of the h i on hprovides a framework and set of guidingpr rkprinciples and ideas from which every singlep p de s fr ch very nglelem in th design takes direction. Thielement n the design ment irection. Thisultimately gives the proper an id i li l i h property identityand cohesiveness between the individualelements that allows them to exist inharmony with one another and the largerlandscape.PROGRAM ELEMENTSLodge + Cottages.......................................10Lodge Landscape.......................................12Equestrian Facility.....................................14Shooting Facility........................................16Spaces Between..........................................18Entrance..............................................20 9
  10. 10. LODGE + COTTAGESThe office of Summerour andAssociates was chosen to be thearchitect for Terra Chula. Their workincluded designing nearly all structureson site, ranging from the 7,000+ squarefoot lodge and manager’s cottage to theshooting tower and stations, restroomfacilities and renovations to an existinghunting cabin.The lodge design was conceived onthe basis of typical southern Georgia“cracker” architecture, where acommon area is flanked on either sideby two rooms, creating a four-roomcore that is open through the center.The center foyer is flanked to the leftby an office that leads to a library/gameroom and flanked to the right by a gunroom leading to the main kitchen. Thefoyer leads straight ahead to the mainlodge room and then out onto a largescreen porch, book-ended by a sunroom and summer kitchen.The lodge also boasts amenities such asa wine room, theater room and bowlingalley in the basement and master suiteon the second floor.Guest cottages are positioned on eitherside of the main lodge and consist offour bedrooms, three baths, a kitchenand living/dining room. Their backporches connect to the main lodgeproviding a covered walk betweenbuildings. 10
  11. 11. sketch of lodge front -- by Summerour Architectssketch of lodge back -- by Summerour Architects main floor plan -- by Summerour Architects 11
  12. 12. LODGE LANDSCAPEA landscape of ascent and prospect,the lodge sits on a high point withcommanding sunset views acrossthe cypress ponds and equestrianpaddocks. The landscape surroundingthe lodge and cottages embraces thearchitecture while providing outdoorrooms suitable for entertainment,relaxation and play. Outdoor spacesare structured in response to the axialarchitecture of the lodge and definedby plant materials that are indigenousto southern Georgia.The front arrival court flanks a centrallawn that can be used as a formalgathering space for events or hunts.Views extend to the southeast across aplay lawn through an old pecan groveand open meadow to a backdrop of amixed hardwood forest.The pool terrace extends the elaborateinterior detailing into the landscapeproviding a promontory from whichto take in views of the sunset andcontextual landscape.Earthen ramps extend access down tothe ponds and embed the lodge into thelandscape when viewed from below.The plant palette includes nativehardwoods, such as live oaks andlong leaf pines; native azaleas andviburnums; and native wiregrass andbroomsedge.The mix of architecture, small walls andsteps, terraces, paths and purposefulplantings are all structured together tocreate a place that possesses a simplebeauty creating an immediate sense ofpermanence and elegance. 12
  13. 13. LODGE planting plan for back of lodge back of lodge elevation front of lodge elevationback of lodge perspective front of lodge perspective 13
  14. 14. EQUESTRIAN FACILITYThe equestrian facility is comprised ofa 12-stall fully operational equestrianbarn, nearly 40 acres of paddocks,regulation size riding ring, nativepasture grasses, irrigation system and4-board fencing. Equally as impressiveas the facility itself is the landscape inwhich it is set. There is over 30 feet oftopographic relief across the paddockswhile the barn maintains a commandingview across the cypress ponds to boththe lodge and shooting facility. 14
  15. 15. sunset view of constructed paddocks model view of equestrian facility master plan of equestrian facility + paddocks CYPRESS POND PARKING COURTEQUESTRIAN FACILITY ENTRANCE site plan of equestrian facility 15
  16. 16. SHOOTING FACILITYThe heart of the shooting facility isanchored by a specimen live oak atthe edge of a slash pine stand. Givingfurther prominence to this area isSummerour’s concept of a shootingtower, based off the idea of a shottower, which was used during the CivilWar era to produce lead shot, or bullets.The tower will be equipped with a fullyoperational kitchen and fireplace.Shooting stations include a 5-stand,flurry stand and the tower. Thisarea is the beginning point of a sixstation sporting clays course thatcircumnavigates the large cypresspond and has fur + feather, duck blind,bunker/teal and tree house stands.The shooting facility and sporting claycourse was designed by Field SportConcepts’ affiliate and internationallyrenowned British shooting professionalJohn Higgins of The British School ofShooting. Summerour + Associateswas responsible for the building andstructural designs of the stations. 16
  17. 17. flurry + 5-stand shooting pavillion -- by Summerour Architects duck blind sporting clay stand -- by Summerour Architectsinitial shooting tower sketch -- by Summerour Architects fur + feather sporting clay stand -- by Summerour Architects elevation of shooting tower + facilities constructed 5-stand + flurry shooting stands prior to tower construction 17
  18. 18. SPACES BETWEENSpaces that connect programmaticelements help to tie the larger areastogether and give the site an overallcohesiveness. These spaces can be assimple as a mown path through a meadowor a sub-destination along a routebetween major site elements. Regardlessof their subtlety or extravagance, theycomplement the larger spaces they tietogether and provide the user withmultiple experiences that may not existelsewhere on site.At Terra Chula, these spaces exist inmany forms, from a walk across thecauseway between ponds to an openair dining pavilion complete with anoyster roast pit and boat dock, to anintimate pedestrian footbridge.Some are active areas, others arepassive and reflective. All are meantto be discovered and their enjoyment isleft up to the imagination of the user. looking down the pine allee along the causeway 18
  19. 19. sketch of pedestrian footbridge -- by Summerour Architects sketch of “the cooler” -- by Summerour Architects plan sketch of “the landing” elevation of oyster pavilion + boat dock -- by Summerour Architects 19
  20. 20. ENTRANCEThe main entrance to the plantationleads down an unassuming countyroad lined by mature live oaks whosebranches stretch out to form a beautifulcanopy. At a bend in the road, theentry drive exits left, overlooking anexpansive pond in the foreground andthe rolling terrain of the equestrianpaddocks as the fence lines mimic thelandform. The entry gate is set amidsta grove of towering live oaks, providinga sort of entry foyer to the plantation.The entry gate is designed in response tothe physical attributes of the plantation.The roll along gate top speaks to therolling, undulating landform. Verticalsupports imitate the stands of pineand wiregrass. Rough-sawn cypressboards create the nameplate for theentrance. Adding a playful element tothe gate, the turkey and quail from theplantation’s logo seem to emerge fromthe “pine stand” of vertical supports. 20
  21. 21. sketch of entrance character sketch of entry gate + column initial diagram of entry gate elevation of entry gate 21
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  25. 25. THE TEAM:Land Planning + Landscape Architecture:McKee CarsonSporting Clays Course Designer:John HigginsThe British School of ShootingOther Consultants:Architecture:Keith SummerourRyan DuffeyBrian CoodySummerour and AssociatesPlantation Managers:Hunter RoyalJason GoldenWildlife Biologist:Brad MuellerCivil / Environmental Engineer:Jeffery LovellLovell Engineering Associates, PCIrrigation Specialist:Vance HiersUnited Irrigation Supply, Inc.Fencing Specialist:Thomas SimsSims Fence CompanyGate Manufacturer:Ronnie WilkesMoultrie Manufacturing CompanyConstruction Supervisor:Mike Anderson 25
  26. 26. copyright C 2008www.fieldsport.com