Status Competition short list with special mention
A competition to design a temporary pavilion within Museum Gardens, Bethnal Green, our proposal was shortlisted and awarded a special mention.
Externally, the pavilion appears as a mirage, distorting the appearance of the gardens. This creates a dream-like effect, blurring the boundary between the real and the imaginary. Ambiguity and intrigue is created for those passing along Cambridge Heath Road, drawing people to the pavilion. The external polished panels are pleated in profile, manipulating the reflection of the surrounding trees and gardens. As the light changes throughout the day, so will the appearance of the pavilion.
The pavilion is sited within its landscape by manipulating the existing lawn. Immediately adjacent to the pavilion, the grass is encouraged to grow longer, bedding the structure into its site. A tightly mown path creates a defined route between the entrance on Cambridge Heath Road, the pavilion and the secondary entrance on Victoria Park Square.
Internally a sanctuary is created. The roof overhang frames the sky and tree canopies, suspending ones experience of the urban realm outside. A bench of varying depth provides visitors with a reading bench or deck for sun bathing. Discrete speakers are integrated into the decorative panels enabling bird song or stories from the Museum of Childhood to be played creating a venue for storytelling.
Computer renders Forbes Massie Studio
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