UC Merced Pavilion Dining Facility

Higher Education

The 37,000 square foot Pavilion at Little Lake forms a central gathering place connecting UC Merced’s student housing and academic quad. Inspired by the region’s vernacular agricultural buildings, it utilizes simple materials and expressed structure for an expansive and engaging indoor-outdoor dining spaThe general seating area of the 600-seat facility is conceived as an open space of engagement and relaxation, supporting a healthy and sustainable approach to both food and community. A variety of indoor and outdoor seating options and smaller dining rooms will add social variety. The orientation of the dining area towards Little Lake cultivates a relationship to the natural environment as students, faculty and staff enjoy their meals. Additional storage for the facility is accommodated in the basement.

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