[RISD Spring 2011- ARCH2102]

Architectural Design
Part 1. Independent investigation and development of Front St Site.
Part 2. Study and proposal of Front St Site [as a group of 4 students].
Part 3. Site is moved to 333 Roosevelt - new investigation of site - proposal of community garden and pavillion [as a group of 12 students].
Part 4. Redesign and proposal of final plan to Pawtucket board and community [as a studio of 70 students].
Part 5. 70 first year Architecture students build Blossom-Community garden and Pavilion.

Part 4. Blossom Community Garden & Pavilion designed and built by 70 first year RISD Architecture students.
March - May 2011

Final Review /May 2011

Lower Pavilion /Eugenia Yu

The upper pavilion has a friend right here by the river. And like a sibling or a friend, their similarities connect them. But in looking closer, spending some time between them, I think you might find that like true friends, it is in their differences that one may support the other.

The lower pavilion stands in the same spirit of community. The plan was to create an open space, allowing 70 people to gather together. And in this openness, to have also the capacity for 1. Capacity, because the experience of one individual, sitting there by the floating table, or watching the river from the extended deck, or hearing the rain hit and flow from the roof, is as much a celebration, as that of a moon festival feast, or an afternoon picnic.

In our consideration of layered use, the lattice of columns are more than a structural necessity, they are a programmatic gain. They are frames as well as curtainsódividing space, shielding space, defining space. While holding space between a roof and a floor.

The system of joining the columns to the roof and floor reflects our efforts in sustaining continuity. The upper garden spills down to the edge of the river with a continuous language of form, just as the borders of communities often blur, or merge in brilliant moments. Like now.

This continuity lives in the form of our work. Not one of us could perform anything on site without the action of someone before us. The roof needs the roof joists, the roof joists need the roof beams, the roof beams need the columns, the columns need the floor beams, the floor beams need the concrete forms, the forms need the ground. For us, we need the rock ramp and the floating table. Each is an element and a connection.