The direction for the design of the new pavilion for John Fry Park is to create a multi-directional structure that contains the many programme amenities while creating an equally strong series of 'outdoor rooms'. Within the large territory of John Fry Park, the intent of this pavilion is to extend its focus - not to a single point, but to a long horizon of colourful screens forming a central forecourt and raised plateau with interconnected patios, terraces and open loggias. The primary ordering elements are equally distributed between public rooms, change rooms and public outdoor space. Linking these elements is a carefully considered middle space, where, like a porch, teams, parents, spectators, can find a comfortable and natural gathering spot for both major events, and the everyday / weekend games. The very large space of John Fry Park can become more comprehensible from the protected position of the porch, or the patio, or the raised plateau / courtyard, and the design of the pavilions have been specifi cally arranged to promote the equal role of
room and landscape and its necessary 'glue' - the middle space.
The main face of the raised forecourt is made by the more public rooms of the programme - the community room, the embedded concession area and the main public washrooms - and framed by two side wings composed mainly by team change rooms and washrooms. The fronting pavilion wing is bent northward to create a discreet entrance area to the public washrooms. A generous open zone between the washrooms and concession area becomes a covered patio space with additional linkages to the smaller forecourt outdoor rooms and adjoining patios connecting to the courtyard. This portion of the built form can be built as a separate phase, with the later addition of baseball / softball offices and meeting room placed most closely to the ball diamonds. Across from the baseball / softball offices, through a generous open passageway, the officials change room facilities initiate the second branch of team facilities that form the west face of the courtyard space. These team change rooms are mirrored in the east wing across the courtyard,
also containing the storage facilities. The separation of these elements of the programme also can lead to economies in winter heating. While each of the programme elements have been arranged for optimal efficiency, safety, accessibility and constructibility, they have been taken together to create discrete entrance configurations that work with the middle space of loggias that link change room to courtyard, community room to concession to washrooms, and ultimately to the central gathering space of the raised forecourt. These wings are similarly complemented with landscape forms of double tree lines, raised plinths and steps that further extend the spaces initiated by the pavilions, also creating a second order of open landscape rooms on all faces of the pavilions.
The interconnecting covered patios and loggias have been sized to be large enough for several teams to gather for the post game socializing or as a place to find shelter during sudden rain showers. The varied exposures of the faces of the pavilion wings create a range of spaces - shade for the summer, sun traps for warming up. The intermediary spaces can be used informally by coaches for impromptu meetings and planning with players and parents. A repertoire of pathways interact with the building and its event spaces imprinting themselves with the surrounding lines of tree lines bosques to create threshold conditions of entry. At the heart of the composition of pavilion wings is the raised plateau / lawn of the central forecourt. The raised lawn is pulled back from the pavilions to create a sunken patio along the front of each building. The perimeter of the lawn is a continuous seat wall to provide extensive informal
seating. Cut into the lawn are seating alcoves projected from breezeways between the change rooms. These could be used as informal team meeting areas, or by waiting families. The concession area and adjoining community room are located at the north end of the central lawn and are visible from the North, East and South. On the south façade, the largest sunken patio will provide a warm sun pocket. There is the potential to more than double the tables and seating capacity of the community room during good weather. It is envisioned as a gathering sport for the post game analysis and re-hydration, furnished with drinking fountains, (for people
and dogs) café tables and chairs. The raised lawn is an ideal space for large events with the patio area an ideal location for a stage, registrations and scorekeeping. Additional service space for lockable power supplies is proposed for the exterior wall near the First Aid Room for temporary sound and light equipment within the courtyard.
The frontage of the pavilions are made by a series of banded colours of wood and metal / glass panels, structured as a loggia to organize a series of moving and pivoting walls, underlining the middle zone connecting the built and open rooms of the pavilion composition. These operable pivoting walls act as a modifi er for winter weather, providing a modifi ed environment as well as informal meeting spaces. These pivoting entrances create a series of openings that can all be activated or selectively tuned to diff erent seasonal events. As louver in its closed position, the screen works as a vent, incorporating a folded surface bringing light into the middle space and
offering views out and into the pavilion. The role of the artist has been given prominence where a number of approaches could be taken.
The pavilion as a whole provides several opportunities for the artist's installation - either as specifyc points / landmark features within the several orders of landscape rooms that have been provided, as surface features on the friezes and inner walls, as suspended elements from the interconnecting trellises that, with the frieze, bind landscape and building together. The low sculpted planes of the roofscape, extending over both interior and exterior spaces, brings a distinctive new horizon line, visible from all directions, not as a point, but as a thickened length, further extended and underlined by the introduction of balanced landscape elements - bosques, allees of trees, raised lawns, etc. At the same time, the views out from the pavilion and from its interconnecting open spaces are panoramic, also in all directions, complementing the breadth of the open spaces on all sides. The new pavilion and open spaces that it has created become a material and porous threshold, open to interpretation and appropriation.
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