Farnham-Connolly State Park Pavilion

Lead DesignerTheodore Touloukian
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Prize(s)3rd Place in Architecture Categories / Exhibits, Pavilions and exhibitions
Entry Description

The project began as an environmental clean-up of an abandoned municipal airport site. Surrounding wetlands were remediated and impacted soils were collected under a geotextile cap for the location of a new park.
Two pavilions support large community gatherings, performance events, outdoor education classrooms, and passive shaded seating. The primary pavilion is created by alternating “bent” painted steel forms with ipe wood louvers. The orientation of the axes are generated by an alignment with the open lawn to its south and to the view corridor overlooking the wetlands. As visitors walk the path circulating the park, the sculptural geometry of the pavilion changes to dynamically evoke the airport’s historic images of flight.
A second pavilion is adjacent to the parking lot with primary function to conceal portable toilet facilities and also to be a meeting place for park ranger activities and as a shaded drop off and pick up location.


Touloukian Touloukian Inc. is an award-winning architecture and urban design firm specializing in complex and diverse building types. Our work includes commercial, residential, cultural, institutional and historic projects ranging from new construction to adaptive re-use. We provide comprehensive design services from feasibility and permitting through construction administration to a range of clients including municipal and private entities, non-profit institutions, developers and individuals.

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We are an office that promotes a reciprocal model of design practice with design education. Design excellence is at the core of our work. This commitment has been recognized with over fifty international, national and local design awards across thirteen different projects. Most recently, we were listed in Architect Magazine’s Architect 50 - top fifty firms in the country for both 2016 and 2017; and we were shortlisted for the 2017 Practice of the Year by World Architecture News (WAN).