The NLNA Pavilion provides an outdoor event and community space in what was an empty gravel-surfaced lot behind the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association. The striking folded pavilion roof, designed by Kieran Timberlake, provides a shaded place for kids’ camps and summer gatherings and directs rainwater towards a rain garden by Studio Bryan Hanes, which is lined by planter walls doubling as benches and filled with shrubs and perennials. Most of the square footage is kept open for flexibility in configuring the space. Wood fencing and metal screening at the site edges provide a semi-permeable visual connection to the street and the adjacent playground but still create a sense of privacy within the courtyard. The NLNA Pavilion was funded through a grant from the Penn Treaty Special Services District.

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Architect: Kieran Timberlake