only provides shade, but funnels and echoes the water feature directly ahead, drawing one forward into the garden.
The entrance is flanked by a zinc clad meeting room to the north and a small contemplative garden to the south, spaces which provide indoor and outdoor amenities for Houstonians to enjoy and reinforce the connection to the landscape with broad views of the garden. A light metal trellis serves as a front porch for the Pavilion and mitigates direct sun exposure while allowing the Pavilion’s garden side to remain open and transparent. Movable café seating and tables line the trellis area and provide visitors with spaces to meet up, eat, or just relax in a park like setting.
The 2,400 SF Meeting Room space has highly insulated opaque walls on the north and south elevations and the glazing on the eats is insulated and fritted to reduce morning heat gain. The western glazed wall that opens to the water feature and garden spaces beyond has deep vertical fins projecting outward to reduce solar gain.
ClientThe Hermann Park Conservancy
Gross Floor Area (mq)1114
ArchitectsBohlin Cywinski Jackson
Design teamPeter Q. Bohlin, FAIA; Thomas F. Kirk, AIA, LEED AP BD+C; Daniel S. Lee, AIA, LEED AP BD+C; George J. Murphy, AIA; Christopher D. Renn, RA, LEED AP BD+C
Main ContractorTellepsen Builders
ConsultantsCardno Haynes Whaley, Structural Engineers; Infrastructure Associates, Inc., M/E/P Engineers; Hoerr Shaudt, Landscape Architects; White Oak Studio, Landscape Design
Photo CreditsCasey Dunn; Nic Lehoux
Curriculum studio / partecipanteBohlin Cywinski Jackson, founded in 1965, has offices in Wilkes-Barre, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Seattle, and San Francisco. The firm’s work is known for exceptional design, for its commitment to the particularity of place and user, and for an extraordinary aesthetic which is both intellectual and intuitive. The firm’s 12 principals, and staff of nearly 200, practice architecture with great depth of skills and experience that enable the practice to address a wide range of design challenges. The firm is noted for elegant, humane, and sustainable design, ranging from modest houses to larger academic, cultural, civic, and corporate buildings. The firm has received more than 675 regional, national, and international awards for design, including three AIA Top Ten Green Project Awards, and is the recipient of the American Institute of Architects’ Architecture Firm Award. In 2010, founding principal Peter Bohlin, was awarded the Institute’s highest honor for an individual, the Gold Medal.
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