Our team's approach to the pavilions is to conceptually minimize the disruption of landscape by establishing a contiguous elevated green roof as if to displace it from the typography below. This roof form and displacement is anchored with a core set of programme components and extends outward providing shelter for the activities below. It is this core that is common to all sites. As the programmes and sites change, the roof form becomes a common unifying element utilizing vernacular materials and elemental construction. The pavilion building typology rests within the harmonious engagement of nature and building which is rare in a modern city where the urban realm can overwhelm. As noted, the primary core pavilion houses all functions that are common to all pavilions. The orientation of the sustainable features responds to each site as required to leverage performance.
Through the use of a common palette of concrete, masonry, metals, glass, and wood, materials are used honestly and have been selected for their resilience. The enclosures are composed of concrete masonry and pre finished corrugated metal to provide a tough envelope, thwart vandalism and provide an extended life-cycle. Wood is used on surfaces where warmth and tactility is required, such as counter-tops bench seats and touchable surfaces. The steel wide flange columns provide a natural colonnade and gallery space that help transition the appropriate edge of the pavilion to directly address the park functions. They are canted and tapered to simultaneously evoke activity and movement as well as provide a lateral stability in an elegant manner. The material is also suggestive of the many vernacular bridge structures found in the North Saskatchewan River Valley. Finally, the metal columns support an over-arching displaced landscape that unifies the pavilion core functions with site specific programmed elements as required. The roof lightly connects these ancillary elements through clerestory glazing to allow natural light to permeate the majority of each pavilion.
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