Landscape Structures

Lunarium Gazebo Prototype 2012 – 2014


The Lunarium Gazebo was designed to pay tribute to the Apollo program’s human moon landing missions. The new design construction was completed on July 20th, during the 45th anniversary of the first moon landing of Apollo 11, on July 20, 1969.

Lunarium Gazebo-Pavilion Prototype 2012 – 2014


DesignTeam: Simon Koumjian,III  in collaboration with Jared Laucks


Fabricators: Chris Hirneisen, of Vector Pickle


Materials, Construction and Fabricator Budget: $ 32,000


The Lunarium Gazebo design is a cosmographic expression of the Apollo 11 and 17 moon landing sites, the first and last of the Apollo moon landings. The lunar topography of, and lunar module's location on, each landing site were translated into an artful expression for the landscape gazebo pavilion.

The Apollo landing sites are transferred into two topographic trellis structures constructed perpendicularly to each other, with Apollo 17 on top and Apollo 11 below. Each landing site is oriented to the north, thereby accurately transferring the lunar landscape to north orientations here on Earth.

Residents and guests of the Lunarium Gazebo will experience the continual dance of shifting shadows created by the light of the sun and moon, thus providing serenity to their leisure moments as well as opportunities to reflect upon the magic of the cosmos and space exploration.

This was a commission to replace an existing garden gazebo with a new one inspired by celestial events. This design arose out of the architect and clients’ passion for the USA Apollo space program. Subsequent designs for Apollo mission lunar landing sites are now in preliminary design and considered for fabrication by SK3 SpaceVariations, LLC.


This Lunarium Gazebo is in the landscape of a residence located in the Blackhawk community of Walnut Creek, CA.  Members of the Blackhawk Country Club can also enjoy views of these lunar landing sites as they golf on the fairway to hole 15.


When viewing the lunar pavilion from the residence's upper level, one can ponder the mountainous lunar region of Taurus-Littrow Valley, where Apollo 17 landed on December 11, 1972. Sitting within the lunar pavilion or walking around the backyard allows one to contemplate the relatively smooth and level lunar region of Mare Tranquillitatis (Sea of Tranquility), where the legendary Apollo 11 landed on July 20, 1969.




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