Photography by Ashley Avila Photography

This residential pavilion is used as a retreat from the primary residence on a property in Harbert, Michigan. Its layout was specifically left open to serve as an escape, a yoga studio, or a remote location for entertaining. There are multiple Japanese style burnt-wood sliding doors to conceal the bathroom, kitchen, and wet bar.

The structure itself is comprised of three sets of LaCantina folding door systems with screens alongside three beautiful stone pillars that support the geometrically shaped roof. The space merges indoor and outdoor living while the folding door systems work as temperature controls in the pavilion. 

LOCATION
Harbert, Michigan

ARCHITECT
Robert J. Neylan Architects, Ltd.

CONTRACTOR
Riviera Cedar Homes

BUILDING TYPE
Residential

PRODUCTS USED 
LaCantina 12' Wide Aluminum Thermally Controlled Folding Door Systems with Screens

AWARDS
Best of LaCantina 2020 Winner for Best Compact


Photography by Ashley Avila Photography

The Folly pavilion draws on the surrounding nature as the basis of its overall design. The wood beams and planks add contrast and visual interest to the entire building. The three LaCantina folding door systems are used to completely open the room, seamlessly merging indoor and outdoor living spaces.


Photography by Ashley Avila Photography

Since the room itself is an open floor plan, Japanese style wood doors are used to convert the interior space into a lounge area, yoga studio, or entertaining space. One of the wood sliding doors is used to conceal a wet bar in the back of the pavilion. The wet bar complements the wood planks used on the ceiling and contrasts the dark floor to create a focal point in the otherwise open room.


Photography by Ashley Avila Photography

Depending on the weather and time of year, the Aluminum Thermally Controlled Door Systems can be opened to allow a cool, brisk breeze to flow into the room. The minimal lighting and ambient glow allow the scenery to become the main focal point. The LaCantina door systems are framed by beautiful, natural stone pillars and large panes of glass above to maximize the view.


Photography by Ashley Avila Photography

Since the entire pavilion is exposed, the interior Japanese wood sliding doors are used to create an element of privacy when needed. When not in use, the expansive wood doors push to the side to reveal the lush green forest. The vertical wood planks inherently draw your eye up towards the natural wood ceiling to help make the room feel larger than it is.


Photography by Ashley Avila Photography

The exterior of the pavilion is a gorgeously lit, geometric work of art against the surrounding forest. The ambient lighting is continued throughout the exterior, which highlights the natural wood ceiling, sharp lines, and unique shape. The natural elements used throughout the entire design make this remote pavilion look like it belongs.  


Photography by Ashley Avila Photography

During warmer months, the stone pillars, warm wood tones, and black frames help the remote pavilion blend in. The landscaping and lush trees surround the entire pavilion to add a level of privacy. All the geometric shapes—from the square lights to the slanted roof—create a clean design that makes a statement from all sides.


Photography by Ashley Avila Photography

From a lower vantage point, the Folly pavilion cuts through the sky and opens to the nature that surrounds it. The LaCantina folding door systems remove any obstacles between the interior room and exterior patios to create an elegant and relaxing environment.