Cairo-based architect Mohamed Elgendy has won an international competition for the design of a new community pavilion in Roseville, Michigan. The Pavilion at Utica Junction competition, organized by the Roseville DDA, sought to attract proposals for a public pavilion on the site of an old tavern, creating a gathering space for residents and visitors to stage events, socialize, and play. The vision behind Elgendy’s winning scheme was for a dialogue between three elements – a plaza, a ramp, and an indoor pavilion. The scheme is dominated by a large rectangular plaza, with alternating ground levels creating informal seating, set on a strict grid of illuminated thin pillars. Defining the plaza’s perimeter, a gently rising ramp creates a monumental wall to give local artists an opportunity to exhibit their work. The ramp rises to a maximum height of 8 meters, giving visitors a unique view of surrounding historic structures.
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