Designed by Fieldwork Architects, the concept for the CDW 2020 Talk Space reimagines the traditional Victorian bandstand as a focal point within the Park, a place for gathering, discussion, entertainment and shelter.
Rather than a traditional forward facing seating arrangement, the nature of the bandstand form allows the focus point to be partially in the round and engage the audience as a discussion, rather than a presentation. As a place for debate, the Talk Space is required to be both inward and outward looking. The mass of the bandstand has been inverted within a solid cube, focussing attention and sound on the speaker via a centrally located geodesic formed dome and circular seating below.
Equitone panels clad the internal dome and the external cube at high and low level, creating a raised platform at the base to house stepped seating and a stage for presentation. A bold use of colour and CNC pattern formed façade panels aim to draw attention from the surrounding park, as a modern interpretation of a Victorian architectural style.
The Bandstand Pavilion becomes a place to stand, lean and sit in participation, focussing attention on the speaker and engaging the audience and the park in its entirety.