Creating a Sense of Place – An Award for the Neighborhood Park at Pavilion Park

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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