Redwood Plaza

Situated on the northern edge of California, Crescent City lies outside the Redwood National Forest, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The intention is to create a public plaza for the building's occupants and the community of its surrounding landscape. The building serves as a canopy for community spaces and activities. Responding to the landscape (redwood- lled terrain), the building hovers over the ground, minimizing its footprint to 8 nodes (columns), and contains the most private program within a structural canopy. Additionally, the canopy contains solar panels, a sunshade system, and a water grey-water system to sustain the community garden. Tectonically, the building responds to the tsunami-prone region with a thickened wall composed of local stone that curves to shield the site's most vulnerable areas.

Cavin Fellowship Finalist 
Spring 2023