Grand Canyon Association Store
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
In an effort to limit the negative impacts of vehicles on the scenic character of the Grand Canyon’s South Rim, the National Park Service opened a new centrally located visitor’s center and bookstore in 2000. Black River Architects designed and oversaw the installation of the bookstore’s interiors.
The store’s design is inspired by the colors and horizontal layering of the canyon walls. Vertical gain Douglas Fir was used for the retail fixtures to refer back to the older resort buildings on the South Rim. Given the natural history orientation of the Park and the clients (The Grand Canyon Association and the National Park Service) almost all of the materials used in the store were either from sustainable sources or locally produced, including local sandstone counter tops.