James City County, Virginia
The design-build team of GuernseyTingle Architects and Henderson, Inc. constructed Legacy Hall, a new community building to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the landing of Jamestown. The goal was to create a high-quality facility in the center of New Town, a mixed use center, that would accommodate a wide variety of uses including receptions, concerts, meetings, and art shows, and in doing so leave a “legacy” to the community in honor of the sacrifices made by the first settlers at Jamestown.
The design response to the program was to create a garden pavilion that would stand in contrast to the surrounding buildings, while both presenting a welcoming presence on the street side and embracing the park on the back side.
A skylight in the center of the building highlights a piece of sculpture that was commissioned for the building and one that can be seen at night from the street. There are two activity spaces; the larger room is sky lit from the building cupola, but light in the space can be controlled to darken it as required for events. The project team met the County’s goals to assure a quality acoustical environment, to minimize ongoing building maintenance requirements, and to incorporate sustainable design elements.