The garden was cleared and David Austin and Associates Ltd appointed post-Planning to review and develop Knox Bhavan Architects’ concept scheme for a Pavilion building, a single-room space for multi-use learning. The client’s brief was for this new building to embody the spirit of a reclaimed artefact and settle immediately into its surroundings, patinated and worn yet catching the light like a piece of hidden treasure.
The materials originally specified were Cor-ten weathering steel and stainless steel for a rusty/shiny contrast. However, oxidised copper and golden copper alloy were quickly deemed preferable, thanks to copper’s relative affordability, durability and resistance to corrosion, as well as its prestigious appearance and ability to capture and enhance the glint of the sun. The building is fully glazed to the south, opening up to the garden with a continuous rooflight over the rear and a large window seat in the west connecting to views up the garden. The client has been delighted with how well the chosen materials fulfil the brief.
DA&A remains involved in the development and implementation of the second phase of the works, creating an Entrance Way linking this new building to the existing museum.