Split Pavilion, 1997
Commissioner: City of Carlsbad, CA.
Photo: Philip Ritterman
The site was a 10,000 sq ft wedge shaped space overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It was separated from the road by a steel rail structure which functioned as a scrim separating the park from the road. The railing shifted at the center to form an open pavilion and give access to the space below. The pavilion was cut in two by a water trough running perpendicular to the ocean, culminating in a central pool with a built in lighting system to provide night light for the entire complex. The landscape was raised, the walkways were sunken, and seating was arranged to give an unobstructed view of the ocean.