Dixon Water Foundation Josey Pavilion / Lake|Flato Architects

Dixon Water Foundation Josey Pavilion / Lake|Flato Architects

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  • Design Team:Robert Harris, FAIA, LEED Fellow; Tenna Florian, AIA, LEED AP BD+C; Corey Squire, LEED AP O+M; Jacqueline Fisher; Cotton Estes; Hellen Awino
  • Mep Engineer:TLC Engineering for Architecture
  • Structural Engineer:Datum Engineers
  • Civil Engineer:Biohabitats
  • City:Decatur
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Text description provided by the architects. With aspirations to be the first Living Building project in Texas, this 5,400-square-foot open-air pavilion is an education and meeting center that serves as a demonstration site for the Dixon Water Foundation. The project physically embodies their mission to promote healthy watersheds through sustainable land management, ensuring the preservation of our water resources.

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The building’s simple, low lying forms speak to the surrounding native prairie as the pavilion works
in concert with nature. The complex consists of two similarly scaled buildings connected by a shady porch; one includes a herbarium, restroom and kitchen, while the other houses a multi-purpose space for education events. Designed to be flexible and adapt to climatic conditions year round, the structure captures cool breezes in summer and blocks cold winter winds. The structure’s deep overhangs and existing heritage Live Oak provide shade and shelter in the central gathering space. Gapped wood doors can be opened to allow maximum ventilation through the central gathering space and along the porches. The rooftop cupola provides daylight for the central pavilion while also drawing hot air out.

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Designed as a fully restorative Living Building, the project represents the most advanced measure
of sustainability in the built environment. 100% of wastewater is treated onsite and returned to the natural water cycle. At least 100% of the energy used is produced by solar panels and testing has confirmed that indoor air quality is almost indistinguishable from surrounding outdoor fresh air. Only building materials that have a low environmental impact and no adverse effects to human health were used in the entire project. Natural materials and human scaled spaces create a tranquil environment that connects people with the landscape in a holistic, non-intrusive way that supports the Foundation’s mission.

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Originally published on August 19, 2015.

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Address:Decatur, TX 76234, United States

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Cite: "Dixon Water Foundation Josey Pavilion / Lake|Flato Architects" 01 Nov 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/772041/dixon-water-foundation-josey-pavilion-lake-flato-architects> ISSN 0719-8884
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