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Cordish Family Pavilion Princeton University

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The new Cordish Family Pavilion is a small but striking building occupying a pivotal location at the Lenz Tennis Center at Princeton University. The two-level facility transforms the eight varsity competition courts into a space with its own identity. Together with the adjacent bleachers, the pavilion creates a unified public space. Occupying the pavilion’s upper level, varsity coaches’ offices and a glass-enclosed team meeting room have views of the courts. A masonry enclosure on the lower level burrows into a small hill and houses men’s and women’s locker rooms, mechanical systems and storage space. An external stair and ramp along with handicapped accessible paths are integrated into the landscape and connect the upper and lower levels. The building’s central feature is a large 3,700-square-foot covered observation deck that hovers over the ground. The deck becomes an extension of the main meeting room for the tennis players and their coaches, as well as an extension of the public bleachers for students and fans during events. It offers protection from the sun, and a vantage point to view the surrounding campus. The dramatic overhanging zinc roof slopes back and folds down to become the rear wall, wrapping the wood interior. Supported by slender steel columns, the dynamic volume appears to hover over the tennis courts. Finely detailed and exposed gusset plates complement the warm tone of the wood with a cool industrial accent. Steel cable railings line the pavilion, ramps, and stair to maintain open views and sense of lightness. The pavilion, which is as much an indoor as an outdoor space, was designed in the spirit of tennis. It’s simple, precise lines reflect the geometries of the courts and the elegance of the game. The project opened in September 2011.

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DattnerArchitects


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Dattner Architects’ portfolio includes master planning and buildings for educational and cultural institutions, public agencies, not-for-profit groups and corporate clients; historic preservation and adaptive reuse; sustainable architecture; and interior design. Our work aims at the realization of our clients’ highest aspirations while respecting shared social responsibility and building within available resources. We believe that each individual project is inextricably linked to a larger context, and we explore those connections in all our work. We have had a long-standing commitment to sustainable design characterized by a flexible, project specific approach that combines passive and low-tech solutions with more complex active systems, analysis and controls. With each new commission, we seek to push beyond the conventional standards for sustainability, innovating high-performance approaches that work with the building program, the site, and the budget. Our firm is a signatory to the AIA 2030 Commitment to achieve benchmark energy and greenhouse gas reductions in all our projects. Dattner Architects has earned a strong reputation as a firm that can handle complex, urban projects. With a staff of 70, a hands-on approach characterizes our practice and allows us to respond to large and small projects with consistently high quality of service, design and technical rigor. We consistently deliver excellence in civic architecture — improving and sustaining communities and the urban environment through our designs. As a result we have received over 100 design awards. Notable recognition includes a GSA Design Award, New York City Green Building Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency, a Medal of Honor and a Citation for Design Excellence from the New York State American Institute of Architects, and nine Art Commission Awards from the NYC Public Design Commission.

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