This year’s 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 plays with the idea of space and enclosure, by inserting a densely built timber structure within the void of the archway. This is then carved away to allow a route through and to frame the historic features of the site. The timber frame is filled with moments of colour that intensify towards the top of the arch, drawing visitors’ gaze upwards towards the historic architecture. This colour is created by using recycled materials and fabrics that reference the design identity of the area.
While on the site, the pavilion will highlight details of the archway and draw 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.