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Chrysalis Pavilion, Columbia, Md.

Photo: Jeffrey Totaro, 2017

Chrysalis Pavilion in Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods is a stage, pavilion and sculpture are combined into one structure. The 5,000-square foot outdoor amphitheater has a main stage and side stage; large performances can utilize the full space.

The Chrysalis has nine legs that come down to the foundation. There are eight asymmetric openings. One opening is the main stage; another is for the side stage and primary entrance into the pavilion.

To build the custom canopies, A. Zahner Co., the fabricator and installer, used its ZEPPS building system, which streamlines the process of producing and installing complex structural forms. Zahner fabricated the structure with metal beams covered in 8,200 aluminum roof shingles. The metal shingles create a pleated, organic-looking shell surrounding the stage.

Chrysalis Pavilion features a bright green, multi-hued pattern designed to make it look like it’s growing out of the ground. Sherwin-Williams Co. supplied four custom shades of green with its Valspar Solar Reflect (SR) exterior architectural coating to create the effect. Fluropon SR coating has solar reflective pigments that protect the structure from ultraviolet rays and is a 70 percent PVDF coating, which provides the structure with resistance to weathering, chalking, fading, dirt, stains and chemical degradation.

Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods is a tribute to the arts and the environment, with Chrysalis Pavilion in a spacious park located at the center of downtown Columbia. The pavilion is part of a seven-phase park project developed by the nonprofit organization, Inner Arbor Trust. The multiuse space opened to the public at the 2017 Earth Day celebration, where several local bands kicked off the season. The Chrysalis serves as a performance space for music festivals hosted in the park and weekly film evenings during summer.