The Wheels O’ Time museum in Peoria, Illinois houses an extensive collection of over 30,000 square feet of antique and collector autos, trains, airplanes, tractors, fire trucks, and bicycles. The museum recently acquired a house constructed from steel designed by the renowned industrial designer R.G. LeTourneau in the late 1930’s.
Terrain Work’s master plan for the museum incorporates the newly acquired Le Tourneau house into the museum campus to create an interconnected series of wheels that each contain different gardens designed to display artifacts and provide a variety of programmatic functions. Terrain work created new outdoor venues for museum patrons to enjoy that integrate gathering and educational opportunities alongside the artifacts. The wheels are connected by a network of belts that serve as pathways for circulation between each garden. The gardens each have their own unique botanical characteristics based on native Illinois plants that create a dynamic experience through the seasons.