Denwick Lane, Alnwick, Northumbria
The existing garden wall and the axis of the Cascade and ornamental garden are the basic formal clues to which the Visitors Centre and Pavilion respond.
A path runs behind the garden wall to a small piazza which is formed by the wings of the visitor centre. The client has put great stress on sustainability and both the visitors centre and pavilion perform well. The double roll of the ETFE and PTFE roofs also lie gracefully across the garden when viewed over the cascade and against the garden wall and woodland beyond.
This is a complex scheme but it has a clear design vision and is innovative in its use of materials
Client: The Duchess of Northumberland / The Alnwick Garden
Contractor: Sir Robert McAlpine
Structural Engineer: Buro Happold
Services Engineer: Battle McCarthy
Contract Value: £7.2 million
Date of completion: 2006
Gross internal area: 2,000 sq m
Alnwick Garden Pavilion and Visitor Centre by Hopkins Architects