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Architects create ‘mobile ruin’ to tour Hadrian's Wall

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A trio of architects has unwrapped its competition-winning mobile space for artists 

PLAN • ELEVATIONS • ISOMETRIC • PROJECT DATA

The team made up of London-based architects Matthew Butcher, Kieran Wardle, and Owain Williams saw off competition from ex-FAT director Sean Griffith’s Modern Architecture, NEON, Dutch artist Krijn de Koning, and Fleafolly Architects to win the job.

The winning design, which the architects described as a ‘mobile ruin’, will tour sites along Hadrian’s Wall including Vindolanda, Arbeia, Birdoswald and Senhouse in Maryport. 

Dubbed as a ‘contemporary teahouse’ the space will be place for visitors to stop and listen to performances by writers and poets who have been working in the surrounding area. 

The design features three distinct spatial elements: the gatehouse – a space to drink tea and read; the vessel – a mini cinema; and the signpost – a tower that acts as a marker signalling the building. 

The temporary structure is built from a steel frame clad in white semi-transparent polycarbonate and includes a chimney stack and a set of shutters which reference the Northern region’s industrial architecture. 

According to the architects the pavilion will ‘appear like a translucent ghost amongst the traces of the past armies and inhabitants from all over the Roman world who occupied the trading posts, forts and settlements of [Hadrian’s Wall]’. 

Plan

Mansio by Matthew Butcher and associates

Mansio by Matthew Butcher and associates

Elevations

Mansio by Matthew Butcher and associates

Mansio by Matthew Butcher and associates

Mansio by Matthew Butcher and associates

Isometric

Mansio by Matthew Butcher and associates

Mansio by Matthew Butcher and associates

Project data

Location various locations along Hadrian’s Wall
Type of project cultural
Architect Matthew Butcher, Kieran Wardle and Owain Williams
Client Hexham Book Festival and Arts&Heritage
Engineer Structure Mode
Funding Arts Council England Strategic Touring, Active Northumberland, English Heritage, Northumberland National Park, Queen’s Hall Arts, Tyne & Wear Museums, Senhouse Museum and Vindolanda Trust
Completed May 2016

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