In a Vermont forest, a group of architecture students—led by Keith Moskow and Robert Linn of Moskow Linn Architects—designed and built a pavilion for quiet contemplation. “The intent was to create a sacred space,” Moskow says. “Not a place to pray, but a place to enjoy and celebrate nature.”
Kiyoko and Elliot Loh relax inside a concrete structure, one of three original buildings that occupied the San Francisco property they purchased in 2012. Working with architect Todd Davis, the couple decided to cut the bunker-like edifice in half and use it as an outdoor dining pavilion that opens to a courtyard.
The 128-square-foot, wooden pavilion next to Laurie and Peter Stubbs' house outside Baltimore is made out of trees and is nestled in the woods, but it isn't technically a tree house, though it was built with their two daughters in mind. "Kids are small for a very short time, and then they grow up and go to college, and you're left with this structure," she says. "We wanted it to have a use after they're gone—a place we can sit in and read or have a drink and entertain company."
In the Napa Valley, these modern wine tasting pavilions were designed to blend in with the bucolic California landscape. "The story of Quintessa and the intense focus of the Huneeus family is about the land and the celebration of place," say Greg Warner and Michael McCabe of Walker Warner Architects. "Per the founder’s vision, Quintessa is not about a building, it is about a place—any structures built in this place need to be minimal interventions that integrate with their surroundings."
This pavilion in New Orleans, completed in 2009, was built as a volunteer structure and tool shed—though today it's used far more by the public than initially anticipated. "The garden was wiped out after the storm," McKay recalls. "There was nothing, zero. Volunteers came in and replanted everything."
Though the footprint of this Seattle garden pavilion is quite small, at just 20' x 12', it has a remarkable number of green features, and serves as serves as a playroom, office, and guesthouse for visitors, complete with a kitchenette and full bathroom.