This rectilinear Edmonton pavilion has no front or back. Its patrons, with baseball bats, gloves or catchers’ mitts in tow, approach its translucent walls from all four sides, drawn by a towering 360-degree marquee.
Three of the entrances lead to changing rooms, while the fourth has a recessed courtyard complete with concession stand. Here, the Marc Boutin Architectural Collaborative installed a row of massive aluminum doors, perforated to filter natural light. These doors enclose the space by night, then pivot up 90 degrees to form a translucent awning by day. For an athletic facility, the building is remarkably – and appropriately – dextrous.
Project: John Fry Sports Park Pavilion
Location: Edmonton, Canada
Firm: The Marc Boutin Architectural Collaborative, Canada
Team: Marc Boutin and Jerry Hacker with Mike deBoer, Sean Knight, Matt Lamers, Tony Leong, Alison MacLachlan, Mauricio Rosa and Kristin St. Arnault