Studio Weave has completed this pavilion as part of the Crown Estate’s £400 million redevelopment of St James’s Market in central London
The pavilion will be a space for performances, events and exhibitions within Make’s 28,000m² mixed-use development.
Named ‘The Safe Deposite’, it is inspired by the cabinet of curiosities and the design of Victorian safe deposit boxes.
The pavilion’s ornate ceiling is decorated with a wheatsheaf motif inspired by the sacks of wheat historically used as currency for barter and exchange in the old St James’s Market.
The space’s inaugural exhibition has been put together by placemaking specialist dn&co and looks at the poem the Handsome Butcher of St James’s Market.
Anthea Harries, St James’s portfolio manager said: ’St James’s has a rich cultural heritage focused around high quality craftsmanship, and this is something we wanted to put right at the heart of our vision for reinvigorating St James’s Market as world-class destination. We’re delighted to be able to display such eminent designers in the development’s public spaces, each inspired by the unique history of the area.’
The wider masterplan, which transforms two Piccadilly blocks between Regent Street and Haymarket, is due to complete later this year.