The Sharon Fieldhouse is a functional building with a smart design. Created by students of the experiential learning program at Virginia Tech's design/buildLAB, these pavilion spaces are located near a series of terraced baseball fields. The Fieldhouse was designed in three parts and allows the landscape to become part of the interior. It was meant to act as "a linear incision through the site... a light cut through the green landscape."
A group of undergraduate Virginia Tech students, led by Keith and Marie Zawistowski, who founded design/buildLAB, designed a public pavilion for Clifton Forge Little League in Sharon, Virginia, and created three geometric volumes unified by vertical sunscreens. These vertical steel screens fan-out and range in density to create varying levels of intimacy.
The concept of Sharon Fieldhouse is based on the idea of incorporating natural cooling and heating mechanisms which would maximize its environmental performance and adapt to its seasonal use. A no-energy ceiling fan cools the kitchen, while tempered laminated white glass helps cut solar gain inside the enclosed areas.
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