Garsington Opera Pavilion

Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom

2015

Shortlisted

The new auditorium for Garsington Opera, is conceived as an elegant lightweight pavilion set within its parkland setting, elevated above the ground giving the appearance of ‘floating’ above the landscape. It features covered verandas and terraces, which contain bars and places to linger and enjoy the views. A pavilion is perhaps a fitting building type for an historic 19th Century Estate and provides a new ‘room with a view’. The new theatre is located in line with the lake and on the same north-south axis as Home Farm gardens.

The requirement for the structure to be demountable led to an entirely bespoke prefabricated structure made from a limited palette of materials; timber, fabric and galvanized steel.