This proposed Borden Park Pavilion is designed as a stylized larger interpretation of the original Paddling Pool Pavilion based on photographs circa 1913. The simple layout meets the program and area requirements while offering added seasonal flexibility throughout the year to its varied visitors. The new pavilion is sited where an existing comfort station will be dismantled and as much as possible repurposed. The existing slab and masonry components will be incorporated into the new pavilion design. The pavilion location respects the site boundary parameters set out for its location.
The new pavilion's placement on the site lowers site impact by also retaining existing sidewalks and mature trees. Strategic widening of these sidewalks adjacent to the new pavilion will allow easy access for baby carriages, strollers and wheelchairs. Lockable parking will be provided for bicyclists and cross country skiers. An outdoor water bottle fill-up station will be a destination stop for summer joggers and cyclists and perhaps future city tour Segway riders
Simple intersecting gable roofs provide shaded and sheltered sitting porches and protect the integral tactile wall mural on the southwest near the enabling garden. An exterior family area overlooks the children's garden with views to the nearby playground and shelters the children's art display area and public notice board.
Inside the pavilion, the spacious open multi-purpose seating and winter warm-up area is designed for flexibility. It can be a visitor tea house or cafe during the day and a seminar space in the evening. Natural lighting and views to the park are enjoyed by its occupants. In appropriate weather, two large operable window walls can be opened to the outdoors to give this central multi-purpose room the attributes of an open air pavilion. The concession is adjacent to the cafe seating and if desired can serve directly to the outdoor south west porch near the bicycle parking. Porch decking and balustrades will be recycled composite wood, providing a very durable and easily maintained finish. The south west awning at the concession window will be constructed of recycled billboard fabric material.
Heat loss in winter months is curtailed by the use of air lock vestibules and a well detailed energy efficient building envelope comprised of insulated load bearing masonry, reused brick veneer rain screen, FSC wood and carefully selected coated triple glazing. An in-floor radiant heated concrete slab supported at the perimeter by concrete piles and grade beams form the foundation, the slab's thermal mass maintaining a comfortable and energy efficient environment through the cooler months. Interior concrete not subjected to saturated freeze thaw cycles will have fly ash in the mix as a means of reducing its environmental footprint. The concrete floor will be imprinted with impressions from nature, such as animal footprints and leaf silhouettes to provide an interesting, educational, non-slip and durable surface and draw direct connections to the outdoor environment.
The open ceiling roof structure will be timber framed, possibly using repurposed elements. Roof cladding will be locally supplied Enviroshake, which has a life time warranty and is noncombustible, while providing the appearance of weathered cedar shakes.
The public washrooms meet universal access design guidelines and are centrally accessed from the multi-purpose gathering area. Additional support rooms such as mechanical and housekeeping, recycling station are convenient to the concession area.
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