A separation from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, this timber frame structure was built to engage the great outdoors as a learning environment at the Light Foundation in Greenville, Ohio. Respect, responsibility, and accountability in relationship to nature are a few values that fueled the creation of this pavilion. Recreation Escape provides the opportunity for young people to learn and grow while immersed in the outdoors.
Built on two different platforms that form a ‘Z’ shape, the pavilion offers multiple sitting and gathering areas that are far enough apart for two separate activities to coexist but close enough to function as one large meeting space. The king-post bent design overhead and columns lining the perimeter provides shelter within an outdoor atmosphere.
The joinery and construction of the timber bents are a combination of digital and handcrafted fabrication. The heavy timber members make the entire pavilion feel nested into the wooded landscape that surrounds it. Additionally, stone column bases and steel tie rods contribute to the overall aesthetic.
Completed in 2012
Mortise and Tenon Timber Frame