River’s Edge Pavilion

Seamlessly Blending Building and Landscape

The design of River’s Edge Pavilion sought to blur the edges between infrastructure, landscape and architecture through the sculpting of public space. Conceptualized as a ‘front porch’ for the revitalized riverfront development, the building acts as a continuation of the ribbon of the Bob Kerry pedestrian bridge that leads into the Tom Hanafan inter-state park trail system.

Project

Location
Council Bluffs, IA

Size
4,626 SF

Scope of Work
New Construction

Date of Completion 
2017

Awards
2018 A|N Best of Design Awards, Honorable Mention in the Public Category
2018 AIA Nebraska Architectural Honor Award

The pavilion ‘folds’ out of the landscape, utilizing a monumental concrete stair to lead users up to the roof deck while simultaneously providing an informal seating area for concerts and fireworks shows.

“Our vision - a unique pavilion designed not only to respond to the view opportunities but also blend into the park’s world class landscape design and park features.”

— Larry Foster
Director, Department of Parks, Recreation and Public Property at City of Council Bluffs

The interior contains spaces dedicated to community events, a public-use meeting room, public restrooms and a catering kitchen along with generous outdoor spaces and patios for events and community activities.

Photography by: Corey Gaffer

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