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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 this significant new public space in downtown Cleveland. With the exception of the Soldiers and Sailors Civil War Monument, the Café Pavilion is the only other structure on the 10 acre square.

The building’s faceted form mediates a relatively large kitchen/BOH and modest interior dining space (interiors 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 façades, 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 Engineering, MEP Engineering: Westlake Reed Leskosky

Photography: Kevin G Reeves