Pattern Pavilion

Occupying the site between the First Christian Church, and the Bartholomew County Library by I.M Pei, the pavilion takes its form from a decorative motif carved into the stone of the Saarinen Church. The First Christian Church designed by Eliel Saarinen, in collaboration with Eero Saarinen and Charles Eames, is one of the first modern religious buildings built in the US and a transitional building, stylistically spanning between a Finnish Romanticism and a more austere Modern vocabulary. The decorative motifs appearing on the building appear to be an inscription of a human touch on the otherwise rather austere building. The Pattern Pavilion maps the Saarinen motifs to create a repeatable pattern that is then extruded, forming a ruled surface, vaulted space under a lattice-like canopy.

As one of the ten finalists of the Miller Prize, the proposal pushes the limits of design and fabrication calling attention to the enormous potential for digital and creative industries to recast Columbus for the 21st century.


Elle Gerdeman | Associate, AIA |


Schlaich Bergermann Partner
Concept Design Proposal
Columbus, Indiana