The basic journey is from the single point, into the line, out to the plane, through to the third dimension and beyond, eventually returning to the point again, watching what happens on the way.
-Miranda Lundy, from the Introduction of Sacred Geometry, 1998, Wooden Books, Wales.
Similar to the quote above, we see the user's experience of the Pavilion as one of starting at a single point (place of gathering, retrieving equipment), moving out through line and plane (sport fi¬elds), journeying into unknown dimensions (balls flying through the air), and returning to the pavilion again. Thus, the design of the John Fry Sports Park Pavilion seeks to express two elemental principles: the ¬rst an ordering principle and the second, an experiential phenomenon.
The Pavilion itself is based on a formal and spatial concept that goes back millennia, a typology that can be found in all cultures around the world. The design is inspired by a basic set of geometries which supports simplicity in the form generation (fi¬gure 1). Central to the Pavilion is a courtyard which acts as a fi¬gural open space. This space creates a de¬ned public/semi-public gathering area. Most importantly, the courtyard con¬guration allows for passive ventilation (¬figure 2), shade during the summer, and a wind-breaker during the cold Edmonton winter.
Inspired by Louis Kahn's Trenton Park Pavilion (1954-1959) shown here in plan (¬figure 3), the John Fry Sports Park Pavilion plan is simple in layout, and identi¬ably archetypal. The use of simple forms allows the pavilion to reside within the park landscape. The Pavilion is intended, through its outer formal appearance, to be simple, beautiful, and understated, while giving prominence to nature and the human activity it supports. Within this simple statement, however, lies the experience of the courtyard and the integrated artwork. The incorporation of these experiential and sensory elements allows the Pavilion to exceed a utilitarian function and become a point of destination. It marks arrival. It protects. It changes with seasons. It allows the pavilion to live within the park, not just rest upon its land.
Using a concrete structural system for durability and permanence, combined with the simplicity of the rectilinear form, the John Fry Sports Park Pavilion's expressive qualities can be found in the roof design. The roof design is angled from the exterior toward the interior of the building to direct air from windward walls (at bottom) through the building and out the courtyard side walls (at top).
We believe in straight-forward architectural solutions; designs that are based on sound principles, elegant forms, and conceived for permanence.
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