Oak Creek, Wisconsin
Owner: City of Oak Creek
Contractor: Rasch Construction & Engineering
This iconic project consists of a park pavilion building and two remote open-air bluff overlook shelters situated within a large new community park and playground along the lakefront in Oak Creek. The pavilion consists of a private 60-person open event space that unfolds onto an outdoor plaza with accessory supporting spaces. The design of expansive floor-to-ceiling glass, operable garage doors and tilted structure opens the pavilion to the grand views of Lake Michigan. The two bluff overlook shelters are open-air structures with multi-height platforms and seating areas and designed with board-formed concrete chimneys for future outdoor fireplaces. Each shelter is positioned to offer respite along a meandering pathway connecting the bluff to the shoreline. The structures are situated in the park among a new children’s playground, picnic shelters, bird blinds, walking paths and numerous biofiltration areas. The site of the park has a long history of significant industrial activity and underwent extensive environmental remediation efforts to enable it to be developed as a community park with structures. The architecture creates a vibrant lakefront for the community to enjoy.
Jury Comment: “This project stood out because of its sensitive treatment of the landscape and the effective integration of the architecture. The design of the pavilion is great. The use of materials is well defined. The attention to accessibility is a welcomed addition. It's encouraging that a site like this can be turned into a community asset.”
Photos: Richard Ebbers Photography