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Covington Farmer’s Market

Marie and Keith Zawistowski, the designers of the Arritt Farmhouse featured here earlier this year have led the design/buildLAB studio at Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design to design and build a farmers market shelter in Covington, Virginia.  Using locally sourced materials, pine, oak, and locust wood, and prefabricated components, the structure appears as a light thin-shell warped plane similar in construction to an airplane wing supported by narrow steel posts to shelter an open unobstructed space below. The farmer’s market will provide a needed space to sell goods from the Alleghany County region of Virginia.

Richmond based David Spriggs was the structural engineer on the project.

The project is featured in an article today on Dezeen.

“The project is conceived as 3 parts: Ground Plane, Occupied Space, and Pavilion Roof. All component parts are based on a 10’ wide module to facilitate prefabrication and transportation to the site. At the scale of the town, the building reads as a seamless gesture. At the scale of the occupant, the details express the modular construction. A locust deck serves as the market floor. It folds up to allow the nesting of an office, storage room and toilet room. It extends beyond the market and into a sloped earth park to provide a stage and seating. A sculptural roof and ceiling of reclaimed heart-pine and galvanized sheet steel floats over-head.

This market pavilion is the modern expression of timeless agrarian sensibilities. “- Dezeen

Covington Farmers Market by design/buildLAB at VA Tech School of Architecture + Design

Covington Farmers Market by design/buildLAB at VA Tech School of Architecture + Design

Covington Farmers Market by design/buildLAB at VA Tech School of Architecture + Design
Source: Design/BuildLAB
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