Shipping Container Pavillion Springs up in San Francisco Presidio
Posted By Moe Beitiks On July 30, 2010 @ 11:45 am In Architecture,San Francisco | No Comments
Here on Inhabitat we’ve brought you shipping containers arranged as homes, schools, observatories , and stacks of glory . While you may say you’ve seen every arrangement there is to be had, we say you need to check out this container trifecta by Ogrydziak/Prillinger Architects!  Besides boasting the usual specs incorporating recycled materials, this award-winning angular building comes complete with a collection of art-homes made just for the local flora and fauna. An incredible forward-thinking exhibition pavillion built for Presidio Habitats  in San Francisco, this design has just received a 2010 Design Award from the American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC).  Read ahead to learn more about this site-specific project and the local wildlife it supports.
The Presidio  is an army-base turned national park located within the San Francisco city limits. The park hosts a thriving, and in some cases, endangered collection of native flora and fauna. The For-Site Foundation invited a series of artists into the park to create installations that would be able to host its native neighbors. Design challenges included creating a race challenge  for the elusive Black-tailed Jackrabbit , a series of ceramic nests  for the Western Screech Owl , and a few bright yellow perches for humans  from which they could view the Great Blue Heron. But these were only some of the proposed projects for Presidio Habitats , and the overall exhibition pavillion displays a number of other ideas from well known eco-designers such as Amy Franceschini to Michelle Kaufmann.
The site itself is aligned along the northern San Francisco coast framing a view of the Golden Gate Bridge and catching the maximum amount of natural light. The deck, flooring and outdoor seating have been made from surplus Presidio Cypress, harvested onsite through a reforestation program. The entire structure was built off-site and put into place with a crane to reduce impact . Visitors can watch exhibition videos and learn a little bit more about their native neighbors until 2011, when the exhibition closes.
URL to article: http://inhabitat.com/presidio-habitats-pavillion-wins-aiacc-design-award/
URLs in this post:
 observatories: http://inhabitat.com/2010/02/17/beautiful-shipping-container-sunset-observatory-rises-in-south-korea/
 stacks of glory: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/05/21/gorgeous-shipping-container-art-studio-in-new-york/
 Ogrydziak/Prillinger Architects!: http://www.oparch.net/
 Presidio Habitats: http://www.for-site.org/index.php
 American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC).: http://www.aiacc.org/
 The Presidio: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CBIQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.presidio.gov%2F&ei=OoVSTLHwB4OksQOT6MHNBQ&usg=AFQjCNGXYeonCa4PVIfVki96bk-q8llNYg&sig2=c_aX7oMw_7pvSvyCmMEBpQ
 For-Site Foundation : http://for-site.org/index.php
 a race challenge: http://for-site.org/presidioHabitats/artist.php?code=8
 Black-tailed Jackrabbit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black-tailed_Jackrabbit
 series of ceramic nests: http://for-site.org/presidioHabitats/artist.php?code=1
 Western Screech Owl: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Screech_Owl
 bright yellow perches for humans: http://for-site.org/presidioHabitats/artist.php?code=6
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