Client: Private Client
Location: Washington, DC, United States
Completion date: 2014
Artwork budget: $175,000
Dining Pavilion — part of a 6500 sf garden installation. The pavilion provides privacy from a close neighbor as well as a sense of intimacy and seclusion. The raised pond, pergola and patio form a cohesive installation. Corten Steel, acid stained concrete, irregular flagstone, and beige wall stone provide a natural palette that complements the powder-coated and painted steel in natural shades. One corner of the pond is sheathed in Corten steel as is a portion of the retaining wall that supports the back patio.
The Challenge: Private dining, lounging, and entertaining -- in a small residential yard in an urban setting. The homeowner also wanted a water feature that would support wildlife and would provide soothing white noise and a strong connection to the indoors including inviting views year-round. They encouraged an artistic approach to the installation to coordinate with their modern art collection that just inside. It was important to coordinate the interior and exterior materials including acid stained concrete, a variety of metals, and stone.
The artist and multiple fabricators worked as a team to work through complex intersections of stone, concrete, and corten steel. Exacting details of materials connections coming together in interesting ways and at unexpected angles made a for a complex installation.
The powder-coated steel patio furniture and dining table were also designed by the artist as part of the installation, as was the woven corten steel entry gate. Here's additional information about this project http://www.braitmandesign.com/landscapes/residential-dining-pavilion/3446/