Moundville Archaeological Park is the historic site of the largest Native American settlement during the Mississippian culture in the Southeast. Now owned by the University of Alabama, the park is an active archaeological site as well as a campground and is free for Moundville residents. The site is open to the public and is known for its annual Native American Festival, which brings visitors from all around the country. Rural Studio has been charged with designing and building a pavilion near the campsites that will serve the campers, park goers, and community members; the roof will incorporate an existing supply of donated lumber.
The programmatic goal of this pavilion has been described as “a swiss army knife”: it will incorporate a covered gathering space for large groups with supplementary areas of rest for smaller groups, along with an outdoor cooking area.