Flexible 16,000 sq ft pavilion from Davis Brody Bond for former healthcare campus
Last week the local community of Ward 8 in Washington DC celebrated the official opening of a new pavilion designed by Davis Brody Bond. Measuring 16,300 sq ft, G8WAY DC (formerly the Saint Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion) is part of an ongoing redevelopment scheme at the site of the former St. Elizabeths Hospital.
The healthcare campus that once provided care to those who served in the US military forces living with mental health issues has been decommissioned, and now offers a range of opportunities to public, private and institutional organisations.
G8WAY DC is a flexible pavilion space open to the public for use as a farmers’ market or venue for community events, but is also available for hire for private functions or casual dining experiences. 24ft high at its main point, the pavilion is an impressive venue and its angular silhouette is a dynamic addition to this up-and-coming community.
There are modular booths incorporated into the design to enable easy access for food trucks when visiting the site and an accessible green roof provides visitors with little-before seen views of the area.
Peter D. Cook, AIA NOMA, Director of Davis Brody Bond’s Washington, DC office and principal-in-charge of the project, noted: “We began with the charge to create a structure that was innovative, iconic and visually distinct and unique from the other structures in the city. Looking around, I think we achieved that.”
A ribbon of sustainability runs throughout the new facility, with rainwater harvesting using a 10,000 gallon underground cistern, roof plantings to reduce the heat island effect and widespread natural ventilation.