The Neighborhood Park at Pavilion Park, in Irvine, California, has received a 2014 National Award of Merit from the Design-Build Institute of America. This collaboration between SB Architects and ValleyCrest Landscape Company is a beautiful example of well-considered place-making. The park forms the central gathering place for residents of the new Pavilion Park neighborhood, which received a 2014 Gold Nugget Award for Best Sustainable Residential Community.
Pavilion Park is the first of the Great Park Neighborhoods, a collection of unique neighborhoods joined together by walking and biking trails, which will eventually link with the Irvine Transportation Center. FivePoint Communities is developing a mix of shops, schools, offices and parks in a sustainable, connected community, as part of the rehabilitation of the 3,700-acre former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station.
The walkable, bikable community of Pavilion Park, is squarely focused on integrated, sustainable living. For the Neighborhood Park, our team created a central gathering place that reflects those central values, reflected in the landscape and the collection of buildings and outdoor gathering spaces that lie at the center of the park.
The collection of buildings acts a small-scale town square. A modern barn aesthetic, with rough-hewn stone, barn doors and standing seams metal roofs underscores the small-town feeling. Pops of the development’s signature orange hue keep it fun – particularly when applied to the massive industrial glass doors that open (ala garage doors) to create an entirely indoor/outdoor community space.
A community greenhouse – with multiple places for outdoor dining – promotes the farm-to-table lifestyle. A bike barn provides a place to tune up your bike – the community’s preferred mode of transportation.
And a community gathering place would not be complete without a warm fire, where neighbors can get together well into the evening, enjoying each other’s company, and the new community of Pavilion Park.