Thomas Jefferson looked to democratic precedent, ultimately ancient Greece, for architectural inspiration. Charlottesville's rich classical tradition, combined with a modern vision of a diverse civic life and a sustainable built ecology, inform this design. The architectural inspiration for this project comes from classical market archetypes: the Agora and the Stoa.
The open air Market is the center of the project. It is surrounded by the Stoa on the north edge and by village scaled buildings on the south. When the Market is not in use a civic fountain or parking can fill the space. A performance stage and digital screen at the east end are for public performance events. Vehicles access the Market from the west end and from a bridge to the existing parking structure on the east side. The Market is completely accessible with stairs, ramps and elevators.
The new Stoa contains covered market stalls and permanent retail space on the lower level. There is office and residential above. The Stoa is a climate sensitive, sustainable structure with 23,400 square feet of photovoltaic panels that can produce 292,500 watts of electricity.
The Village is the porous south edge of the site. It features an eight story residential building and four small-scale buildings containing retail, daycare and market services. A green roof garden that overlooks the market square caps these buildings. The garden is accessed by a ramp.
Many thanks to Jans Potgieter, Mark Farlow and Adrienne Brown
for their help on this project.