Vista Pavilion is a minimalist sculptural form with a taut, steel skin. It is a haiku of planar walls and cantilevered roof, working to frame the… Read More
Vista Pavilion is a minimalist sculptural form with a taut, steel skin. It is a haiku of planar walls and cantilevered roof, working to frame the views beyond and be a calm presence on the site. The result is a bold, sculptural form in conversation with the strong geometry of the Gwathmey Siegel architecture, but also confidently standing apart as a unique expression.
The siting and form are direct consequences of addressing practical issues. The placement up against the existing house allows the pavilion interior to be an extension of the daily living spaces while the subtle asymmetry maintains the existing view corridors and exterior circulation path. The result is a seamless integration into the carefully orchestrated composition of house and site, both from the exterior and interior.
As a study in mass and void, the latter becomes primary rather than the former. Massive steel walls are pushed out to the extremities so the voids can be filled with the view. The walls are constructed of 3/4"-thick steel plate welded, sanded smooth and coated with a glossy automotive paint to create a monolithic and ephemeral building skin. The result, as the architects describe it, is, "a perfect, seamless surface".
The "perfect" simplicity of the skin and details belie the complexity of concealing the myriad building systems -- motorized sliding doors, shade screens, HVAC, infra-red heaters, fiber optic lights and speakers. Our work for the pavilion also included designing a console and fire table as well as furniture and lighting selection. Bright white furnishings emphasize the pavilion’s purity of shape and reiterate the gallery-like feeling of the structure.