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The Anderson Pavilion by Miller Design

Miller Design have designed the Anderson Pavilion in Modesto, California.


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Project description



The Anderson Pavilion is an open air summer pavilion that closes up into a cozy winter hideaway complete with a floating wood-burning fireplace and infinity edged stainless steel hot tub which helps to chase away the winter grays. The ground floor is a spacious two-car garage while the second floor is an airy, tree height urban escape. This corten clad, masonry and redwood sided contemporary structure exist harmoniously in one of

the older, more gracious neighborhoods of Modesto, California.


The Pavilion compliments the “front house”, a 1923 bungalow, by providing a garage, an entertaining pavilion and a guest suite. Sharing colors and materials with the existing bungalow, common lap stick redwood siding and a rough masonry finish that matches the base of the existing bungalow, help ease the transition from old to new.


Whimsical features include a brass fire pole that doubles as a downspout, a pair of steel shudders flanking the guest suite door transform into a ladder providing access to the third floor sleeping loft (cleverly called a “stutter”), sliding glass doors on the second floor pocket completely out of sight allowing the space to adjust from season to season, and the corten clad doors on the ground level are either off-center pivot doors or a 20 foot wide garage door that hydraulically rises.


Wood for the floating fireplace is elevated to the second floor from the garage in a “wood elevator” housed inside a 3 foot diameter central steel support column. The wood box elevates through the second floor and lifts the “fire plate” up into the floating “fire hood”.


On three sides of the entertaining pavilion there are high operable windows spaced to allow tree-top views and natural air circulation while the remaining side opens completely to the beautifully landscaped backyard of the front house. The Anderson Pavilion is a breath of fresh air in a well-established Modesto neighborhood.



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Design: Miller Design


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