The pavilion was designed for an event that occurred within the I-80 corridor that split and forged two neighborhoods from one, producing a massive flow of people and goods through Omaha – essentially changing the movement, economy, and physical landscape. Inspired by the wood pallet and its prevalence in the transportation and shipping of food, the surface of the pavilion’s enclosure is expressed with and constructed from recycled shipping pallets. The pavilion is an exploration in material tectonics and spatial design while heightening awareness of long distance food transportation. The rustic pallet cladding formed a volume of space that is reminiscent of the wooden corn cribs that dot the Nebraska landscape. The shadows of the pallets tattooed the concrete and provided shade to the diners.
Jury Notes: This pavilion has a Harry Bertoia “Golden Arbor” feel with palettes in lieu of precious metals. A simple kit of parts: ubiquitous wood pallets and thin steel blades acting as structural flitch plates creates a wonderful dappling of light and a memorable pop-up venue.