In the heart of the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, the architecture of Bailey Park recognizes the rich history of this area based in tobacco manufacturing while embracing the technology and life sciences research that makes Winston-Salem a beacon for innovation. The comfort stations shed roof dramatically heralds incoming visitors while echoing historic lean-to tobacco barn vernacular. The streamlined detailing and familiar forms invite passersby while the overhangs provide a contemporary design for relief from the elements. Materials utilizing warm colors and woods are intentionally juxtaposed alongside historical glass and industrial steel to create a balanced aesthetic.
A natural amphitheater is created by the intimately scaled stage surrounded by tiered topography. The multi-purpose amphitheater can accommodate a number of diverse events including fitness classes, concerts, dancing or simply relaxing under the open air shed roof structure of the stage. As a programmatically transformative element, operable panels providing the upstage backdrop can rotate to respond to visitor’s needs.
With a comfort station doubling as an amenity ideal for study sessions to picnicking families, and an amphitheater playing host to a variety of community events and casual lunch breaks, the built environment at Bailey Park sets the stage for the future without forgetting the past.