A couple of measuring tapes plus a step outside equals a large dose of reality.
A few days ago, four members of Small Town Studio took a second visit to the site in Eureka, Kansas. Upon return, they strongly recommended to the rest of the members that we all step outside and pace off the actual dimensions of our pavilion design, because they believed the design was, quote, rather enormous.
We took a step outside Seaton Hall and measured out the 30′ x 15′ floor plate. Hmm. A little bigger than we thought, but not bad. We then used a tree to measure the tallest point on the pavilion: 22 feet off the ground. That is starting to look a little… large.
In the end, we agreed that the pavilion was perhaps out of scale with the rest of the site. The last thing we want to do is interfere with Eureka’s small town life by placing a monstrosity in their park. Changes will be made to the design before moving forward.
A valuable lesson was learned: Measure twice, cut once, and make sure one of those measurements was made in real life outside of the computer.