Moody Pavilions / Trahan Architects

Moody Pavilions / Trahan Architects

© Leonid Furmansky © Alexa Johnson © Leonid Furmansky © Leonid Furmansky + 12

Austin, United States
  • Design Team: Trey Trahan, Leigh Breslau, Brad McWhirter, Conner Bryan, Sarah Cancienne, Shelby Downs, Robbie Eleazer, Drew Hutcheson
  • Landscape Architect & Project Lead: Reed Hilderbrand
  • Civil Engineering: Urban Design Group
  • Structural Engineering: Spectrum Design Consultants
  • Mep Engineering: DLB Associates
  • Lighting Designer: Lumen Studio
  • Ecological Landscape Consultants: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
  • Signage And Wayfinding Consultant: Pentagram
  • Contractor: The Beck Group
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© Alexa Johnson
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Text description provided by the architects. As the first phase of a much larger and broader Master Plan, the new Arrival Garden with its Moody Pavilions establishes a new public face for the institution and clarifies a dedicated pedestrian entry from West 35th Street just south of the historic gate.

© Leonid Furmansky
© Leonid Furmansky

Here, architecture and landscape are conceived as an integrated and unified experience. A series of vertical steel planes and steel and glass pavilions draw visitors into the park through a sequence of outdoor terrace spaces. The composition of structures, walls, and gardens are organized along a central walk covered by shade canopies. Concrete site walls, stonedust paving, and lush plantings further enclose two outdoor courts for patrons to gather and linger while taking in views of the property’s mature live oak canopy, 100-year old Italianate villa, and compelling works of art.

© Leonid Furmansky
© Leonid Furmansky

Constructed out of 1-3/4” solid weathering steel plates, which act as the structure of the buildings and weather-proof enclosures, the new pavilion buildings take cues from minimalist sculptors and artists such as Richard Serra, Jorge Oteiza and Donald Judd. The Pavilions house a welcome center, an outdoor cafe, and a museum retail shop — amenities that never existed on site before. A modern material palette of weathered steel, concrete and glass is carefully detailed and scaled to defer to the site’s landscape and existing historic structures. Large shade canopies hover above the new entry for protection from rain and provide ample shade during hot summer months. The new welcome pavilions prepare visitors for the sculpture garden beyond, where they can discover works of art framed by the vibrant natural Texas landscape.

© Leonid Furmansky
© Leonid Furmansky

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Address: 3809 W 35th St, Austin, TX 78703, United States

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Cite: "Moody Pavilions / Trahan Architects" 27 Jan 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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