Gibson Thornley were shortlisted in an invited competition to design a new pavilion and café at the centre of the Elephant Park regeneration.
The pavilion is located within a new parkland setting. The proposal is inspired by its more naturalistic context – a building that relates to the new parkland, contrasting with the urban, European-style housing that forms the regeneration of Elephant & Castle.
The pavilion relates to a number of external spaces and approached from many directions. The southern entrance is set back forming a generous entrance canopy. This creates an appropriately scaled, south-facing square that engages the playground and proposed retail street. The enclosure at ground floor also sets back along its eastern edge, providing covered external terraces that are closely connected to the Children’s Play area enabling natural surveillance.
The CLT roof structure creates a dramatic canopy internally and externally. Generous entrance screens provide a sense of arrival, whilst pivot doors afford access to external seating. The exterior is clad in charred timber, providing a lightweight cladding that is robust and will age gracefully.
Computer renders Forbes Massie Studio
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