On November 15, 2013 the Kent State University's Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative held a public opening of the Center for Outdoor Living (COLD) Snowball Pavillion along with the release party for our new book, Urban Infill Volume 6: COLDSCAPES. The pavilion also displayed the project description boards from the COLDSCAPES: New Visions for Cold Weather Cities Competition.
The Snowball Pavilion is a weather resistant wood structure, designed to provide an inviting outdoor space during all four seasons. Created by Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, the gracefully curving pavilion serves as a cool, sun shaded oasis during hot summer days and transforms into a snow sheltered igloo in winter. Although the structure appears visually open, intended to promote a sense of safety, the vertical support members are placed in staggered alignment to provide a significant level of wind protection in cold weather.
The Snowball Pavillion was on exhibition for one month on Star Plaza in the Playhouse Square District. The COLD initiative and the Snowball Pavillion inspired the public to innovative approaches to enhance livability in colder climate cities.
COLD programming is made possible with generous support from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and The Cleveland Foundation.