North Forest Trail Biological Pavilion

Carving light out of darkness.

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The North Forest Trail Biological Pavilion is a highly functional addition to a new sculpture and architecture trail at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (CBMAA). It adds conditioned restrooms, drinking fountains, seating and maintenance facilities to support seasonal outdoor programming. The project was driven by the belief that the facility should aid the CBMAA’s aspirational mission, which seeks to integrate art, architecture and nature. The building upends conventional approaches to public hygienic facilities by staging dramatic experiences of light and seasonal change — its dark interior selectively allows light in, and the experience is heightened through a focused engagement of color, sheen and reflectivity.
  • 2017
  • Architect
  • Bentonville, AR
  • 1,000 SF, 19,500 SF Site


  • Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Eldo Team

  • Principal: David Dowell, AIA
  • Project Manager: Steve Salzer, AIA
  • Project Architect: Mark Horne, AIA
  • Project Designer: Daniel Renner


  • Contractor: Flint Co.
  • Structural Engineer: Tatum Smith
  • Electrical and Plumbing Engineer: HSA
  • Civil Engineer: Crystal Bridges self performed mechanical & landscaping, CEI
  • Lighting Design: Derek Porter


  • 2018 AIA Kansas City Design Excellence Awards - Honor Award
  • 2018 AIA Central States Region Design Awards - Merit Award
  • 2018 Interior Design - Best of Year Award, Outdoor Honoree

Photography by

  • Tim Hursley


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