The pavilion was commissioned by the Southbank Centre to be used for corporate entertainment at exhibitions, and also for educational events. It was proposed as an alternative to providing a marquee and constructed in 28 days. It is located on one of the existing external sculpture courts connected via an existing concrete portal to the main galleries adjacent.
The structure of the building consists of pairs of regularised structural grade timber columns and cantilevered primary and secondary beams. The columns are wrapped in rope at hand and shoulder level to reduce risk of splinters. The external envelope consists of two layers of sterling board fixed either side of braced timber studwork. The long elevation which faces the River Thames is constructed using pairs of external door blanks fixed to produce double height fins. All external surfaces are finished either in ship’s varnish or red oxide primer.
Harding McDermott/ Waterman Gore
Boyden and Co
Robin Ellis Ltd