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Building Modern Pavilions

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A free-standing pavilion can accent a building, provide temporary shelter and function as a pleasurable home away from home. Here are four very different examples of the modern pavilion, accompanied by the architects' original blueprints for the designs.
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  Architect Mike McKay moved to Louisiana for two years during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Since many of the cypress trees and gardens in City Park were destroyed in the storm, volunteers took responsibility for maintaining the park. McKay stepped up to design a 1,000-square-foot pavilion for the volunteers. With money from donors and material contributions from places like Gallina, Extech and Acadia Hardwoods, the New Orleans Botanical Garden Duplantier Volunteer Pavilion was built. Photo by Frank Doering.

    Architect Mike McKay moved to Louisiana for two years during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Since many of the cypress trees and gardens in City Park were destroyed in the storm, volunteers took responsibility for maintaining the park. McKay stepped up to design a 1,000-square-foot pavilion for the volunteers. With money from donors and material contributions from places like Gallina, Extech and Acadia Hardwoods, the New Orleans Botanical Garden Duplantier Volunteer Pavilion was built. Photo by Frank Doering.

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  In order to avoid destroying any of the tree's roots, McKay created six separate modules. "Because there are so many trees on the site, we had to negotiate a system in the initial design phase," McKay says. "When we were constructing the pavilion, if we hit a root, and we did, we could just move the modular without it affecting the overall design or construction." Photo by Frank Doering.

    In order to avoid destroying any of the tree's roots, McKay created six separate modules. "Because there are so many trees on the site, we had to negotiate a system in the initial design phase," McKay says. "When we were constructing the pavilion, if we hit a root, and we did, we could just move the modular without it affecting the overall design or construction." Photo by Frank Doering.

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  Built as a modern interpretation of Charleston architecture, Stephen Yablon Architect designed this pavilion using durable ipe wood. The 1,500 square foot space features built-in furniture and an outdoor kitchen. Photo by Michael Moran.  Courtesy of: Michael Moran

    Built as a modern interpretation of Charleston architecture, Stephen Yablon Architect designed this pavilion using durable ipe wood. The 1,500 square foot space features built-in furniture and an outdoor kitchen. Photo by Michael Moran.

    Courtesy of: Michael Moran

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  For the rear facade of the pavilion, SYA used standing-seam metal, a popular Charleston roofing material. Photo by Michael Moran.  Courtesy of: Courtesy Stephen Yablon Architect

    For the rear facade of the pavilion, SYA used standing-seam metal, a popular Charleston roofing material. Photo by Michael Moran.

    Courtesy of: Courtesy Stephen Yablon Architect

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  Architect William Carpenter of Lightroom Studio designed this pavilion as an addition to a home for a growing family. At the homeowner's request, Carpenter carefully built the pavilion around a white oak with the health of the tree in mind.

    Architect William Carpenter of Lightroom Studio designed this pavilion as an addition to a home for a growing family. At the homeowner's request, Carpenter carefully built the pavilion around a white oak with the health of the tree in mind.

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  The Dominey family pavilion features a carport, spaces for entertaining and an outdoor fireplace.

    The Dominey family pavilion features a carport, spaces for entertaining and an outdoor fireplace.

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  Architect Steven Holl was inspired by composer István Anhalt's complex and never-performed 1967 Symphony of Modules when creating this pavilion in Seoul. Photo by Iwan Baan.  Photo by: Iwan Baan

    Architect Steven Holl was inspired by composer István Anhalt's complex and never-performed 1967 Symphony of Modules when creating this pavilion in Seoul. Photo by Iwan Baan.

    Photo by: Iwan Baan

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  The pavilion consists of copper panels, rectangular skylights and an infinity-type pool. Holl's goal was to create a space that gives off the impression that there is no exterior. Photo by Iwan Baan.  Photo by: Iwan Baan

    The pavilion consists of copper panels, rectangular skylights and an infinity-type pool. Holl's goal was to create a space that gives off the impression that there is no exterior. Photo by Iwan Baan.

    Photo by: Iwan Baan

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