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As part of James Corner Field Operations’ redesign of Cleveland’s Public Square, the new Café Pavilion by nARCHITECTS, with Westlake Reed Leskosky, activates and provides amenities for a significant new public space in downtown Cleveland. With the exception of the Soldiers and Sailors Civil War Monument, the Café Pavilion is the only structure on the 10-acre square.

The building’s faceted form mediates a relatively large kitchen and back-of-house area and modest interior dining space (designed by others) with the fluid geometries of Public Square. As a building with no back, each side of the Café Pavilion offers a different experience.


The building functions as a large north-facing window onto Public Square.

Clad with silver-colored aluminum panels that wrap the south, east, and west facades, a subtle triangulation grows more pronounced towards the heart of Public Square, creating a dynamic surface that changes as one moves around it.

Client: Group Plan Commission
Location: Cleveland, OH
Status: Completed
Dates: 2014 – 2016
Sq Footage: 2,500sf
Program: Café with indoor/outdoor dining and public restrooms

Design Team: Eric Bunge, Mimi Hoang  | Amanda Morgan | Daniel Katebini-Stengel, Albert Figueras, Tony-Saba Shiber, Jin Jin Chiu, Catherine Lie, Georgia Williams,  Zach Walters

Collaborators: Lead Landscape Architect/Prime: James Corner Field Operations | Local Architect of Record: Westlake Reed Leskosky | Structural / MEP Engineering: Westlake Reed Leskosky

Photography: Kevin G Reeves