Our office was part of the team designing a new park in Westfield, Indiana, a suburb of Indianapolis. The project is designed to make Grand Junction Park and Plaza into a cultural destination with a vibrant downtown, thereby preventing the rapid decline that is affecting the nation’s older suburbs. Grand Junction Park is part of a growing effort to “rewild” cities by rehabilitating natural landscape like flood plains or wetlands, or daylighting rivers that were once buried.
Our partners on the project, Land Collective, have designed a stunning park within which our pavilions are placed. The park’s Cool Creek is once again a natural feature of the town. The landscape architects widened the bed of the creek and re-sculpted the land around it. The landscape is a field of activities that is openly programmed and can be freely accessed. Our pavilions were conceptualized as the four quarters of a single piece – a giant square.
The forms speak to both individuality and unity, essentials in any functioning community.