Plaza Design

The site plan of the Fayette Pavilion found on the Crawford Square website.

The Fayette Pavilion is, despite it’s name, not actually a pavilion. The Fayette Pavilion is a simple shopping plaza that gets its pavilion name from the pavilion décor that appears at one of its entrances/exits which resembles a pavilion. I’m sure the rest of the name is self explanatory.

The Pavilion has a central street going straight through it with stores on either side of the road. The road itself is sectioned off with dividers and occasional four way stops that continue and lead off into different sections of the plaza. I find it to be a relatively simple design, but it makes it very easy to navigate the area when there is one major road to follow. Many of the smaller roads that lead to store parking lots like back to this road, which is a nice example of good design within the plaza.

Aside from road work design, the plaza is also home to some nice floral designs and overall plant upkeep. All around the Pavilion you can see a wide array of shrubbery, flowers, and trees which give the area a nice natural feeling. The trees (when not in the dead of winter) provide a nice shade during the daytime and give the main road an almost corridor-like feeling. Even the bushes on the side of the road feel as though they have been meaningfully placed.

The simple, but effective contrasts of the browns and tans of the plaza to the natural greenery around it really bring about a calm atmosphere by my observation. I truly admire all the gardening work and maintenance that must go towards keeping the plaza neat and visually pleasing.

And speaking of the browns and tans, the architecture within the plaza is also a nice sight to take in. Personally speaking, I would say it is perhaps the least complex part of the plaza’s design, but I still appreciate how everything manages to connect together regardless. The layout of the stores within their parking lots is not unlike a strip mall with stores lined up next to each other and continuing down in a row. This is beneficial to those on the main Pavilion road as this lets them see the stores from either side of the street lined up in such a way that several stores can be viewed by the street side. As for the buildings themselves, they are rather hardy and well built. Natural disasters have not caused any casual wear-and-tear that one may normally find on buildings of similar design and even construction on previously already built areas show little signs of deterioration.

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