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Carmody Groarke completes Glyndebourne art pavilion

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The winners of this year’s AJ Small Projects Award Carmody Groarke has unwrapped this temporary art gallery at Glyndebourne in East Sussex

The pop-up structure for London-based gallery White Cube sits in the grounds of the world-famous opera house and will host a programme of contemporary visual art events as part of the Glyndebourne Festival 2015,.

The ‘simple and bold’ pavilion, which will be taken apart at the end of the summer but reassembled again in 2016 and 2017, features a 10m x 8m gallery space which ‘supports a large external canopy structure’.

According to the practice, this sheltered area ‘makes a strong physical and visual connection between the internal exhibition room and the surrounding gardens, lake and landscape beyond’.

The pavilion opened with the inaugural exhibition of new paintings by Georg Baselitz which runs for the duration of the summer-long festival.

In 1994 Hopkins Architects completed Glyndebourne’s 1,200 seat brick opera house - a competition-winning project with a ‘traditional, intimate horseshoe form’.

The architect’s view

‘Its bold, simple form sits amongst a diverse mixture of buildings which have been designed specifically for the production of operas and also managing the landscape.

‘As a summer pavilion, the structure is designed as a ‘building within a building’, which forms a strong physical and visual connection between interior and landscape. The inner building contains a large, singular gallery room designed for exhibiting art, whilst the outer building forms a sheltered terrace that extends the visual arts programme of the opera season outdoors.

‘The terrace becomes an important social space providing elevated views of the gardens and the rolling hills of the English countryside beyond. The structure of inner and outer buildings is made from cross-laminated-timber and plywood.

‘Both structures are externally sheathed in polycarbonate and give the pavilion an ethereal character, which reflects the surrounding landscape and changes in external light across the day.’

Glyndebourne White Cube by Carmody Groarke

Source: Luke Hayes

Glyndebourne White Cube by Carmody Groarke


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