DESCRIPTION The University of Virginia School of Architecture annually competes in the AIA Virginia Prize Design Competition. The 2016 prompt was focused around a wind farm located in Southwest Virginia along the Blue Ridge Mountains. The project was to include 20 wind turbines and an education facility that would allow a harmonious connection between the observer and the surrounding environment.
The exercise stated three main requirements: a 360 degree panoramic view, a museum space that holds a full size blade from a wind turbine, and an amphitheater for educational purposes. My project allowed the occupant to always have sightlines in all cardinal directions while highlighting an axial view north to the vast turbine array. The 150 foot turbine blade is located as the interlocking piece sectionally, and an outdoor amphitheater is situated within the circular courtyard.