Featured Building - October 2018
John Street Dining Pavilion
The University Park location for a large local corporation is the workplace for over 1,100 employees. While the facility has a number of amenities, the company leadership wanted to provide staff with an alternate location to eat, relax and socialize.
As a large suburban office building with significant paved areas, the available land was limited to a small strip between the cafeteria and a large parking lot.
The centerpiece of the design is a timber frame pavilion with exterior glass walls that unfold to expose the surrounding landscape. The wood of the structure, as well as the landscape palette of plants, boulders and benches offer employees a respite from the rigidity and repetition of the corporate campus. The flat roof lines and the incorporation of aluminum and glass into the timber updates the traditional structural system without sacrificing the richness and warmth that such a frame provides.
The concrete paver floor of the pavilion flows directly out into the landscape for a seamless transition between interior and exterior environments. The landscape is surrounded by a fence of ipe wood and aluminum. The ipe wood panels screen the sea of parking beyond while the aluminum sections provide directed views away from cars. The effect is a secure and safe place that does not feel hemmed in.