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Layton Pavilion / Johnsen Schmaling Architects

© John J. Macaulay
© John J. Macaulay

Architects: Johnsen Schmaling Architects Location: Greenfield, Wisconsin, United States Project Year: 2011 Project Area: 200 sq ft Photographs: John J. Macaulay

© John J. Macaulay
© John J. Macaulay
© John J. Macaulay
© John J. Macaulay
© John J. Macaulay
© John J. Macaulay
© John J. Macaulay
© John J. Macaulay

Surrounded by an abundance of aesthetic timidity and literally leading from nowhere to nowhere, the pavilion itself becomes the destination, a reinterpretation of the archetypal folly in the park that offers a series of basic visceral and corporeal experiences rarely found in this context: the sudden spatial compression when entering; the controlled framing of views and vistas, through slits, walls, and roof; an occupiable object carefully scaled to be encountered by walking people, not speeding cars; the polished concrete planes, their tangible solidity and material authenticity a peculiar exception in an environment dominated by the antiseptic shallowness of thin veneers.  The linear raingarden located below the roof edge allows stormwater to percolate into the ground, its native prairie grasses a welcome reprieve from the surrounding sea of asphalt.

© John J. Macaulay
© John J. Macaulay

Spatiality, scale, materiality – the Layton Pavilion reintroduces these fundamental concepts to the experientially impoverished realm of the urban periphery. Empty and ominous as it sits in the middle of the suburban void, it serves as a quiet monument to the richness of the human condition.

© John J. Macaulay
© John J. Macaulay
Cite:Fabian Cifuentes. "Layton Pavilion / Johnsen Schmaling Architects" 16 Sep 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/270640/layton-pavilion-johnsen-schmaling-architects/>