The 2019 winning concept responded to the theme of history and heritage by proposing a new structure that subtly draws on the historic form of the St John’s Gate Arch whilst bringing in materials and geometries that reference the design culture of Clerkenwell today.
The concept played with the idea of space and enclosure, by inserting a densely built timber structure within the void of the archway. This was then carved away to allow a route through and to frame the historic features of the site. The timber frame was filled with moments of colour that intensified towards the top of the arch, drawing visitors’ gaze upwards towards the historic architecture. This colour was created by using recycled materials and fabrics that reference the design identity of the area.
While on the site, the pavilion highlighted details of the archway and drew parallels to the 10 year anniversary of Clerkenwell Design Week. When moved to a new location, the pavilion will take with it the geometry of the archway to act as a casting of the original site.