Portobello Pavilion

A site-specific annual pavilion became a temporary placemaking intervention hosting a curated series of arts events for its duration, as part of the London Design Festival. Conceived as a neutral ‘clearing’ within the established private and municipal ownership pattern, the commission was won through a competitive design charrette organised by the Museum of Architecture, against some of London’s best emerging practices.

A tiny budget of £19k and a compressed timeframe (9 weeks including charette, design, fabrication, installation, demounting and site-reinstatement) demanded maximum modularity. It was a self-build, using local semi-skilled volunteers for social value impact. The pavilion had a circular-economy second life, as an ice-skating rink for Walthamstow Winter Wonderland.

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