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Floor Plan 1 Office 2 Storage 3 Mechanical 4 Electrical 5 Restroom 6 Covered event Terrace

Site Plan 1 Entry 2 Parking 3 Overlook Pavilion 4 Event Lawn 5 Fountain 6 Aquifer Recharge Zone 7 Phase 2 Expansion 8 Penn State Campus

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The beauty of the pavilion’s situation in the landscape is that its prominence is nearly imperceptible from the main approach to the Arboretum. Entry to the Arboretum being from the south, young trees planted in this area have already begun to hide the pavilion. From this angle, the majority of visual attention is directed toward the stone walls, the fountain, and the slowly maturing plantings in aquifer recharge area, all which are in the foreground, while much of the pavilion is absorbed into its contextual surroundings. From its elevated position near the center of the Arboretum, the pavilion appears as two expressive horizontal planes: the ground plane and the overhead roof structures strung between a pair of solid architectural forms. The planting beds, steps, and retaining walls flow out toward the front of the Arboretum, providing a strong visual presence at the ground level. The overhead roofs span over and beyond the forms below and are a primary component of the pavilion’s identity. The volume created between these forms opens to the north toward Bald Eagle Ridge, referencing the ridge and valley geology that characterizes much of central Pennsylvania. The resulting structure provides a gathering space that draws context within it, through its openness in all directions while framing vistas of the surrounding landscape. The Overlook Pavilion strikes a successful balance of structure in context through the use of an open plan, local materials, and distinct architectural forms. The most characteristic of these forms is found in the pavilion’s roofs. Extending over the pavilion are a pair of long, thin roofs of steel

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