The EXPO ’74 U.S. Pavilion has been an iconic element of the Spokane skyline for over 40 years. The Pavilion is located on Havermale Island in the center of Riverfront Park in the heart of downtown Spokane. The design-build team of NAC Architecture and Garco construction is collaborating with the Spokane Park and Recreation department to reimagine the Pavilion as a multifunctional event venue that is an extension of the park environment and will also be used for passive recreation by the community and visitors on a daily basis. Four primary concepts have emerged to support this dual purpose and enhance the iconic image of the Pavilion and its presence in downtown Spokane:
RIVER CONNECTION: Reconnect to the Spokane River with development of spaces adjacent to the river and river views.
ELEVATION: Create opportunities to achieve elevation within the pavilion not only for the views of the river, park and city beyond, but also for the experience of reaching elevation.
SHADE: Develop partial shading elements for events and visitors while maintaining the park environment.
ILLUMINATION: Use light to highlight the form of the Pavilion and create dramatic lighting effects.
Illumination of the Pavilion is being explored with an innovative solution using “illumination blades.” The illumination blade panels are edge lit via LED strips that are programmable allowing unlimited light patterns, colors, progressions, motion and effects to enhance the Pavilion cable net form. Check out the video below!