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A Welcoming Presence
with Nautical Flair

Hampton Roads Convention Center
Hampton, Virginia, USA

“By minimizing circulation space and focusing the most expensive detailing and materials on the front elevation and public spaces, the design team kept within the budget.”


As a new gateway to the city, the Hampton Roads Convention Center draws inspiration from the community’s nautical roots. 

Among the distinct design features is a white tensile structure that resembles a sail. The transition between the indoor and the outdoor environment is modulated by the tensile structure, which covers the drop-off and ballroom terrace and provides partial enclosure for outdoor activities during mild weather. At night, the structure glows as a beacon, outwardly welcoming the community to this important cultural center.

The design orients the building and its glazed elevations to the south and uses shading devices to provide daylighting and views while minimizing summer solar heat gain.

Though the building is on an urban site, water is an important thematic element. There is a large lake at the site of the adjacent Hampton Roads Coliseum. A series of water walls, fountains, jets and pools link indoor and outdoor spaces, connecting buildings and activities while mediating between the built and natural environment.


344,000 sq. ft. / 32,000 sq. m.


Interior Design
Landscape Architecture


AIA Virginia – Excellence in Architecture

Fabric Architecture magazine – Award of Excellence

Hampton Roads Association of Commercial Real Estate – Award of Merit


Size, in square feet, of the exhibit hall