Study Model


Map Pavilion + Heirloom Gardens

University of Virginia Lawn: Pavilion XI

Second Year Project

Spring 2014 | Professor Marleen K. Davis



A space dedicated to the visual media of maps, past and present, the Map Pavilion also functions as a space for students to study, relax, and collaborate. The space spills out into the adjacent Heirloom Gardens, themed to celebrate the heirloom seed collection of Thomas Jefferson. Likewise, the Heirloom Gardens serve as a site for receptions and special events.

The new pavilion respects the traditional principles of the lawn, while demonstrating design innovations of the 21st century. The design of the new Map Pavilion includes a steel trellis structure that serves as a green facade and wraps over the top of the building to form a covered walkway. The new design allows the rhythm of columns along the edge of the lawn to continue, but through the posts of the steel trellis rather than the traditional colonnade.

Site Section

Native vine plants, such as ivy, will inundate the trellis structure, thus allowing the new pavilion to maintain the definition of the lawn’s edge and retain it’s character as a continuous plane of green.

The new design further explores the idea of “a continuous plane of green” by creating a unique experiential situation for students or visitors who are walking down the sidewalk to suddenly be immersed in a tunnel of greenery.
Likewise, the trellis folds onto the roof of the pavilion allowing the visual plane of green to continue from the lawn up over the middle section of the pavilion itself. In more practical terms, this green walkway provides shade to those passing by, accommodates campus pedestrian circulation east and west across the campus, and the trellis helps with building cooling by providing somewhat of a green roof.

Thus, the lawn can be experienced underfoot, at eye level, and overhead.




Furthermore, the structure of the Map Pavilion respects the scale of pavilions along the lawn, and the Heirloom Garden is developed as a more intimate garden space, similar to the gardens of each pavilion.

The combination of green space, pedestrian circulation, public space is central to the design of the Map Pavilion and Heirloom Gardens, as is the role of program in defining the design, for both the constructed building and the exterior spaces.