The competition brief called for a highly adaptable, demountable, contemporary building to host Renaissance Towns and Cities Events.
Our pavilion was designed to stand alone, be connected to support modules (kitchens, toilets etc) or become a temporary extension to an existing building.
It could present itself in its own enigmatic livery or adopt the graphics of its host event.
It could be a roofed outdoor space with no walls, a bright indoor gallery or a sober debating chamber.
It could advertise itself with an engaging lack of modesty or become a 'black box' backdrop.
In short, it could host the main event or be the main event itself.
Within the £650k budget set by the competition and using a combination of modern, lightweight materials (aluminium & PVC Coated Textiles) and more traditional elements (timber & plywood) we produced a set of transportable, re-cycleable components, capable of arriving and leaving within a week without leaving a mark.
Our pavilion was designed to pack neatly into two standard shipping containers to be able to reach all parts of the country with a minimum of fuss and expense. The two containers themselves would become key parts of the structure, creating a rigid 'portal frame' in two directions at both ends of the building so core structural stability wouldn't be an issue. It also meant that we wouldn't need bracing cables or guy ropes, useful when you can't put spikes into concrete car-parks or the lawns of listed buildings.