For the final project of my Intro to Architecture Studio at Brown, I was tasked with designing a 1,000 sf public pavilion for a nearby site in Providence, RI. The design was supposed to accommodate activity spaces for local residents, along with responding to both the Seekonk river and new Gano Park bike path that flank the site. Next to the site and stretching across the river is the abandoned Crook Point Bascule Bridge, whose industrial structure remains forever suspended above the river.
The design inspiration was encouraged to come from the canonical modern house each of us was assigned at the start of the semester; mine was Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House. I was interested in how the planes of Wright's house were centered at a "core": the hearth. This observation inspired me to play with spinning planes and volumes, pinned down by an anchoring element.
After many iterations, I settled on a monumental design that emphasizes the axial nature of the site, while providing a multi-use program for visitors of all ages. The pavilion has three main volumes "pinned" down by a unifying, piercing pier: the upper overlook, the central observation deck, and the subterranean cove. The overlook offers secluded, breathtaking views of the river. The central deck, intended for families, can be reserved at certain times of the year for outdoor events. Finally, the cove features shaded nook seating along with a small stage for performances. In approaching the pavilion, one can view the Crook Point Bridge through the legs of the upper deck that straddle the natural topography.