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Aspiring Architects Build a Pavilion in the Vermont Forest

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In a Vermont forest, architecture students design and build a pavilion for quiet contemplation.
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  The Birch Pavilion sits atop a 14-by-26-foot platform composed of hemlock and pressure-treated timbers. Photo courtesy of Moskow Linn Architects.

    The Birch Pavilion sits atop a 14-by-26-foot platform composed of hemlock and pressure-treated timbers. Photo courtesy of Moskow Linn Architects.

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  Overhanging rafters establish vestibules at both ends of the structure. Photo courtesy of Moskow Linn Architects.

    Overhanging rafters establish vestibules at both ends of the structure. Photo courtesy of Moskow Linn Architects.

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  The pavilion is framed with 34 lenghs of timber, each about 8 inches in diameter and cut to a length of 9 feet. Photo courtesy of Moskow Linn Architects.

    The pavilion is framed with 34 lenghs of timber, each about 8 inches in diameter and cut to a length of 9 feet. Photo courtesy of Moskow Linn Architects.

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  The Birch Pavilion under construction. Photo courtesy of Moskow Linn Architects.

    The Birch Pavilion under construction. Photo courtesy of Moskow Linn Architects.

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  The pavilion is oriented to capture views of the clouds, stars, and foliage. Photo courtesy of Moskow Linn Architects.

    The pavilion is oriented to capture views of the clouds, stars, and foliage. Photo courtesy of Moskow Linn Architects.

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  Construction of the pavilion was completed in the summer of 2013. Photo courtesy of Moskow Linn Architects.

    Construction of the pavilion was completed in the summer of 2013. Photo courtesy of Moskow Linn Architects.

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  The pavilion frames a view of the peak of Mt. Ascutney, 25 miles in the distance. Photo courtesy of Moskow Linn Architects.

    The pavilion frames a view of the peak of Mt. Ascutney, 25 miles in the distance. Photo courtesy of Moskow Linn Architects.

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