Water Pavilion

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Virginia Tech


Architecture consists of parts that make a whole. These parts can be defined as decisions, details, joints, spaces, forms. But what if these parts are experiences, specific encounters woven together to create the whole?

This project is a whole, assembled by episodic moments.

The pavilion is designed on Daingerfield Island, located south of Ronald Reagan National Airport along the Potomac River in Alexandria, Virginia. The site offers a panoramic view across the water of the airport, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, and the U.S. Capitol. The Washington Sailing Marina and the Mount Vernon Trail define Daingerfield's edges. Despite its name, the now peninsula is a delightful place full of potential activity for sailors, bicyclists, and visitors who want to be near the water.

Along the eastern edge exists an array of trees that provides a natural canopy for visitors who sit along the waterfront and watch the planes arrive and depart from the airport. The project proposes to design a pavilion with a second floor restaurant within these trees, anchored to the water's edge. The project removes the existing restaurant on the tip of the peninsula to create space for a park and open up the view across the water of Washington, D.C. In the project, the Mount Vernon Trail extends around Daingerfield Island along the waterfront.



event, experience, part, Water, whole