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Brown Assembly and Dining Hall Pavilion


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The Brown Assembly and Dining Hall serves as a central facility for the youth of the Missionary Baptist Church across the state of North Carolina. It is one component in a larger camp complex. The hall functions as a daily cafeteria during camp season and can host a range of activities year round. The driving experiential idea for the project was to connect the building to its beautiful site. The formal and material concept was born out of a metaphor for the tree and its various layers. Dark corrugated metal panel, dark flat metal panel and a light slotted wood were selected as the primary materials, highlighting textural and tonal contrasts. The connection with nature is further amplified by the skylights in the main space and in the outdoor passage, which allow for natural light to enhance the experience within. With the vegetation surrounding the building the lighting quality within the structure changes in a visually pronounced way over the course of any given day regardless of the time of year. The north and south elevations are fully glazed and offer views into the woods on both prominent sides of the building.


Date: 2013
Client: General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina
Status: Unbuilt
Location: Laurel Hill, North Carolina


AIA North Carolina – Merit Award (2013)
AIA Triangle – Merit Award (2014)
AIA South Atlantic Region Aspire – Merit Award (2020)


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