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Through strategic site selection and an intricate network of walking paths, Woods Commons leverages its location between the Wright State University campus, a wooded ravine and student dormitories to create a central hub for the student residential community and a meaningful gateway to the campus. Drawing inspiration from Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken”, the pavilion in the woods draws cues from Frost’s work to structure the composition of the facility and the overall student experience. From the residential dormitories, students ascend above the forest floor via stairs framed between slatted planes. Elevated bridges link the vertical circulation nodes to the new student commons. The rhythm of the procession is defined by the tree trunks and the play of shadows across the landscape. At each end, Frost’s poetry is used to inform the man-made. The facade of the glass-enclosed multi-purpose pavilion, supported by angled columns that recall the imperfection of the natural environment, is ordered on a rigid module that corresponds to the structural framing. Utilizing the loose iambic metering of Frost’s poem, the rigid module is broken by vertical slices of solid wood panels. Five rows of glass, one for each stanza line of the poem, make up the facade. The result is an architecture carefully crafted and curated that successfully interconnects campus life – vestiges of a poetic process made manifest in three dimensions and experienced through the rhythm of movement.