The Pavilion is a gathering place. This simple, open building marks a
place to be used for many activities. It is a starting point for nature
walks, for talks and discussions about important things in the environment
and natural world, a place for exhibits and artistic performance, and
a setting for social gatherings.
Architecturally, the Pavilion is a symmetrical shed, resting on a base
of earth-toned brick, surrounded by earth, water, and trees. The brick
pattern expresses the basic building module—the composition and
arrangement of all the vertical columns. The all-wood structure is built
of indigenous material, native pine, and is fastened together with nails,
dowels, and metal connections. There is complete exposure of every construction
element, all visible from within and without. Every framing member, every
beam, brace, and connection is absolutely necessary to achieve structural
The building is ordered by a geometric theme—a step-edged pattern
that defines the outline of the base and the roof’s outer edges.
Many smaller elements, for lighting and display, are shaped and detailed
to reflect and reinforce the characteristic geometry—to build a
strong relationship of each part to the whole and to achieve organic unity.
As the vertical supports rise from the brick pavement, there is a spreading-out
of structural members and a progressively thinning-out of roof decking
toward the edges of the hovering roof. There is a transition in the sheltering
overhead arrangement, accented by a central skylight, from close and dense
to open and fragile. This is analogous to the organic unfolding or blossoming
of so many forms of botanical growth. The imbricated pattern of wood shingles
also emulate and recall many of natures’ surfaces—the bark
of trees and the wings of birds.
All wood is stained and the metal painted in colors that harmonize with
the earth and plants. Nothing has been added to the structure as mere
decoration. Ornamentation or decorative enrichment will come from the
ever-changing patterns of light and shadows that play on the closely-spaced
structural elements as the sun and moon move across the sky. Time of day
and seasonal changes will modify the shadows that frame the light and
will keep the spaces in and around the Pavilion vital and alive, continuously
enhancing the poetics of revealed construction.
--Euine Fay Jones, Architect
Pinecote Pavilion is recognized by the Mississippi Department of Archives
and History as a Mississippi Landmark.
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