The new Millwoods Park Pavilion was inspired by Patkau Architects' Oakdale Community Centre (2008), a photo of which can be found in the Millwoods Park Master Plan document. A protective exterior canopy, linear interior, and effective single level plan provide strong reminders of the linkages between the site, use, and design of the building. This underlying importance of creating the building as a response to the site inspired the new pavilion for Millwoods Park.
The new Millwoods Park Pavilion is separated into six unique blocks of space, four of which are arranged north of the curved central axis, and two to the south. Groupings of functional blocks were used to provide flexibility of use and of travel, and to reduce the perceived physical mass of the building whole. These blocks, each dedicated to a group of complimentary purposes, arrange themselves together along a central sweeping arc to denote different functions, create spaces between themselves, and encourage connections to form between users and within the building itself.
Because the functional blocks are each of smaller size than a similarly programmed single building would be, they allow more unique approaches to building sustainability. Thus, four of the blocks, with their shorter structural spans, support the increased weight of a green roof. By virtue of their placement around a curving central axis, space between each block becomes a unique access point to that block and to the central circulation corridor. At night, these spaces allow exterior surfaces to be iIIuminated by interior lighting, so that the building becomes a lantern that beckons passersby. The pavilion itself then draws parallels with a streetscape, made up of complimentary buildings, arranged around a welcome, curving path that opens up to discovery.
By breaking up the program requirements into smaller blocks of space and grouping like blocks together, a natural parallel between the programmatic blocks and physical blocks used for construction is made. Masonry was therefore chosen as the main element for construction. Masonry, in different sizes, colours, finishes and heights, ties ail the functional blocks together by becoming a unifying theme throughout while creating interest through the different colours and textures. In the southernmost areas, masonry gives way to lighter, colourful bands of cement fiber paneling, giving the building additional texture and reinforcing the concept that the whole is made up of many unique parts, not unlike the City of Edmonton itself.
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