Governor General's Medals in Architecture - 2022 Recipient - Forest Pavilion | Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Governor General's Medals in Architecture - 2022 Recipient - Forest Pavilion

Forest Pavilion
Award Category: 
Governor General’s Medals in Architecture

Public City Architecture Inc.

Occupancy: January 1, 2021
Construction Budget: $1.2 million

Forest Pavilion is a public washroom, warming shelter, and gathering area designed to meet FEMA Guidelines for floodable structures. Highly visible from throughout the park, the Pavilion dissolves day to night from a wooden form to a lantern-like void. Its vibrant chartreuse venetian plaster interior offers a dramatic welcome to visitors at night—a porch light in the forest. The vertical fir screen that wraps interior and exterior rooms has a syncopated rhythm, referencing the way space, light, and forms appear through a forest. The design folds this phenomenon into a single form, then sculpts away portals for views and access.

Abridged Project Credits:  
(see Architecture Canada publication out in Fall 2022 for more details) 

Landscape Architecture - Public City Architecture Inc.
Sturctural Engineer - Wolfrom Engineering
Mechanical / Electrical Engineer - MCW Consultants Ltd.
Builder - Marrbeck Construction
Architectural Photography - Lindsay Reid Studio

Jury Comment(s): 

This pavilion is a space that redraws the forest. Its permeability and playful forms create a contemporary palisade. An archetypal Canadian pavilion in the forest, it creates a microcosm in its interior courtyard. The jury also highlighted its relation to the forest and its spatial continuity.

2022 Jury

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East Elevation

PHOTO - Lindsay Reid

Southwest elevation

PHOTO - Lindsay Reid

South Elevation

PHOTO - Lindsay Reid

Pavilion details

PHOTO - Lindsay Reid

Southeast elevation

PHOTO - Lindsay Reid

West Elevation

PHOTO - Liz Wreford