The Goose Creek Safety Rest Area is sited along I35 at the Gateway to the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area, the Gunflint Trail and the scenic North Shore of Lake Superior. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) Safety Rest Area program promotes tourism, vehicular safety (rest and rejuvenation), and expanding public understanding of the diversity of Minnesota’s natural environments and cultural heritage. Open 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, the Goose Creek Rest Area accommodates millions of visitors annually. The new building geometry springs from a series of intersecting elliptical circulation paths drawn from the original rest stop, each one relating to the site in a different way. An elevated walkway circles the exterior of the building, connects the two entries, and provides an overlook to dramatic views of the creek. Structural columns define seating areas and guide movement from inside to out. The articulated wood and steel elements create lyrical and everchanging patterns of light and shadow on adjacent surfaces. The delicate but durable wood cladding dissolves at the parapet—as do the steel railings.


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