Webb Chapel Park Pavilion in Dallas by Cooper Joseph Studio

Category: Architecture Published on 20 Dec, 2012 Tags: , , , , , ,

In Dallas, Texas, the Department of Parks and Recreation is working to replace several decaying, minimal 1960s shelters in the surrounding metropolitan public parks. Sandwiched between a community soccer field and playground, this simple pavilion designed by New York practice Cooper Joseph Studio embraces a passive, natural cooling system that becomes one with the spatial design.

The solution asserts pure geometry to simultaneously achieve bold form and function. A concrete canopy of exaggerated depth enables a simple structure with minimal visible supports to create virtually seamless views of the surrounding site. The result is an impressive cantilever that comfortably sits atop a mere three structural supports.

Inside the pavilion, the heavy shell of concrete opens to reveal four playful, pyramidal voids in the roof. Although a whimsical surprise of color, the ceiling’s primary purpose is a natural ventilation system based on a traditional “palapa” encouraging the hot Texas air to move through the pavilion. Convection breezes are increased as the bold volume perceptually lifts away from the ground, leaving the seating embedded in a berm where the box once was.

The use of raw concrete as both structure and finish makes the shape both expressive and efficient. Both its conceptual model and execution match the demands of program and community with reductive simplicity. This bold result finds its identity in these dualities.

(Click images for full size photos)

images © Eduard Hueber


New Musical School of Louviers by Opus 5
Danial Apartment by TDCoffice
Nest, the Ecologic Pavilion In Alsace by Studio 1984
Chop Stick "Tree House" by Visiondivision
Garden Tree House in Kagawa by Hironaka Ogawa & Associates
Green Dot Animo Leadership School by Brooks + Scarpa
The Glass House in Winchester by AR Design Studio
Occidens Museum in Pamplona by Antonio Vaíllo + Juan Luis Irigaray
House in Itami by Tato Architects
Urban Shelter in Madrid by MYCC
Papabubble in Yokohama by Schemata Architects
Atlas Sports Center by YOONSEUX architectes
Sansibar by Breuninger restaurant in Düsseldorf by Dittel Architekten
The Studio apartment in Woolloomooloo by Nicholas Gurney
The Jane Restaurant by Piet Boon, Antwerp - Belgium
Aesop Grand Front Osaka store by Torafu Architects
Robert Storey Studio for Nike Women's Fall Holiday Presentation 2014
Forfatterhuset Kindergarten by COBE, Copenhagen
SND Chongqing Store by 3Gatti Architecture Studio, China
Liquid Laundry Gastrobar in Shaghai by hcreates

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

three + = 4

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>


Submit Your Work