The construction of the Wooden Pavilion by architect Miguel Quismondo entailed a surgical demolition of an existing shed and the erection of a small ancillary building. The old structure housed the electrical and communications utilities of a large compound, and the new project had to preserve the location and functioning of this equipment. The pavilion sits in the middle of the forest and features charred wood, allowing it to blend in with the surrounding nature. The polycarbonate façade brings natural light and privacy to the interior. All floors are made of polished concrete for easy maintenance, and a radiant slab keeps the temperature optimal temperature during extreme winters.
Ph. ImagenSubliminal (Miguel de Guzman + Rocio Romero)
As the program required two different types of users, the architect decided to split the building in two, allowing for separate circulation. The upper piece houses the electrical room and the team quarters, while the lower portion holds two individual restrooms for visitors.
A Little Great Pavilion
By Alberto Campo Baeza
Today, on a stroll in Midtown Manhattan with Miguel Quismondo, under an unusually radiant December sun, on 242 east 52nd Street, we discovered a wonderful, small building, between party walls. Only three floors with exposed brick and an exposed metal structure. A perfect example of control, beautiful, that could have very well been signed by Mies Van der Rohe himself.
When we googled it on Miguel’s phone, we discovered that it was from the prolific Philip Johnson. In truth, when Philip Johnson designed as a Master, he knew how to do it very well.
In the same way, when Miguel Quismondo designs like the Masters, he knows how to do it more than well. He has just finished a small pavilion in Garrison for the Olnick Spanu family, right after finishing the magnificent Magazzino, the arte povera museum for the same clients.
This small pavilion is all built in wood. The occasion, the function, the size and, especially the location, required it. In order to protect the double shifted structure, he decides to cover it with a simple sloped galvanized metal roof. Everything is simple but exquisite. It brings to my mind references of Sea Ranch, Charles Moore’s best work and even some of the architecture of Glenn Murcutt. Every detail in the erection of this pavilion is a prodigy of good construction, of a deep knowledge of how we should build in wood.
But first, and above all, we must emphasize the adequacy of the idea and the beauty of the result. A small great work of a true master.
DATE: 2019 / LOCATION: Garrison, New York / PROGRAM: Pavilion / STATUS: Built / ARCHITECT: Miguel Quismondo / COLLABORATORS: Miguel Bello Escribano, Jacobo Mingorance / CLIENT: Olnick Spanu / CONSTRUCTION MANAGER: Miguel Quismondo / STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Michael P. Carr, P.E. / PHOTOS: ImagenSubliminal (Miguel de Guzman + Rocio Romero)