Frame Pavilion

Glen Ellyn, Illinois / United States of America

Under the direct supervision of an Architect, the ‘Frame Pavilion’ was designed and built by 16 community college architecture students during an intensive eight week summer design + build studio.  This project became a hands-on, experiential learning opportunity which allowed students to have a firsthand experience designing, and then building a structure.  The necessity of building forced students to consider both the poetic and the tectonic simultaneously, adding a richness to the design process.  For an aspiring architect, there is perhaps no greater opportunity than to see a design you worked on become realized, especially for the first time.  

Conceptually, the pavilion is an exploration of “framing” - framing space, framing views, and framing experience.  The design is a series of five bays, or frames, each based on a similar module which varies in height and alignment.  The frames collectively create a space that encourages gathering and social interaction within a composition of creative seating elements.  The design frames views toward the adjacent pond and modulates light through a trellis-like canopy.  This structure functions both as a sculptural object within the landscape as well as a memorable space to be occupied and enjoyed by the entire campus community.

Architect of Record

Mark Pearson
College of DuPage
425 Fawell Blvd
Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137
Phone: 630-942-2763

General Contractor



Mark Pearson

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