The Banyan Pavilion adapts the ideals of a banyan tree, with its aerial prop roots and large canopy, to create a pedestrian rest stop that stylizes the tree using timber construction. Designed to juxtapose the idea of Laugier’s Primitive Hut, the pavilion tries to retain the aesthetic connection and experience of sheltering under a tree as opposed to adapting the tree to resemble a shelter.

After graduating from the University of Buffalo with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Andre James went on to further his studies at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he received his Masters. An avid computer and technology enthusiast, using 3D modeling and scripting, James combines patterns, behaviors and ideas from nature and science to influence his designs.