Village Green Soapbox, Southend, Essex by Cassion Castle Architects and Fleet Architects
This 100m2 pavilion – a performance stage for Southend’s annual Village Green Festival – was commissioned by arts organisation Metal Culture and funded by the Arts Council
Built from soft timber and polycarbonate, the Soapbox is designed to be erected and demounted quickly by a team of six using hand tools. It is a low-tech solution specific to the site, purpose and budget, redeploying everyday hardwearing materials in an unexpected form.
The design is technically innovative in its use of polycarbonate as a structural element. This gives the structure more simplicity, with the timber components providing vertical and horizontal beams and all diagonal bracing taken by the polycarbonate.