Traditionally in Chinese culture, a pavilion should be sited at the most prominent location inside a garden or out in the field, allowing for seeing and being seen. And it is the gathering point of all visual connections.
In this ‘Chinese style‘ community garden, The owner want the pavilion, the visual focus of this garden, to have the spirit of traditional Chinese pavilion, but also want a modern interpretation of it. The pavilion sits on a platform floating on water. It is sounded by high rise buildings and plants, and independent from all other structures.
Traditional Chinese pavilion is tectonic in the way that its form represents its construction. Then what if keeping the geometry and split it into four quarters? Then the geometry looks the same with all the four parts very close to each other, but not touching each other. To make it more interesting, each quarter is further split into four equal parts, and each of it is a cantilevered structure. Each column is very close to the other three, but not touching them. The four angle columns are independent, tied together by a wood block.
Then the entire pavilion is the result of rotation and duplication from one exact same unit. It preserves the tectonic character and geometric form of a traditional pavilion, but its construction is totally different.