Tasked with designing an open-air pavilion for the Dixon Water Foundation, Lake|Flato Architects used wood to create a structure that reflects both the natural prairie surroundings and the client’s resource conservation ideals. Chosen for its simplicity, beauty and sustainability, exposed timber framing helped the Type IV, 5,400-sf education and meeting facility achieve Living Building Certification, widely regarded as one of the highest hallmarks of sustainability. The design employed a simple material palette focused on products that were minimally processed and naturally durable. The wood sidings are made entirely from sinker pine. These are logs that were harvested in the Southeastern U.S. in the late 19th century, but had sunk to the bottom of a river during transit. Today, having been naturally preserved, these logs are salvaged from river bottoms and prized for their durability. The low, unfinished concrete perimeter walls were designed for sitting but also act as a durability element by raising the base of the wood columns and walls and reducing their exposure to rain and sun. The beauty of Josey Pavilion lies in the building’s simple form that sits lightly on the land, exposing the beauty of its wood structure.