Dalston-based Studio Weave has completed this timber pavilion at Milton Keynes Arts Centre
Constructed in the grounds of Great Linford Manor Park, the temporary timber structure acts as an outdoor stage, workshop space and park shelter.
It was built over two weekends with local families, Andy Trotman from Timberwright, and furniture maker Sebastian Cox.
The shelter also features decorative legs supporting the seating which were created by the site’s resident woodturners.
The architect’s view
‘The new structure is a colourful, friendly new character, which joins the family of buildings that comprise the arts centre. It is handmade by a collaborative effort – every line sawed, hole drilled, edge sanded and shape painted was an essential part of the process. The workshops provided an opportunity for families to brave the elements and spend a whole day learning how to use new tools and build confidence, while working as a team with friends, siblings and parents.
‘These building workshops were the culmination of a year-long project for Studio Weave, working with MKAC to engage local families in activities and running test events for how the site at Great Linford could be best used to its advantage. The series of workshops began with a sitcom-writing workshop last year to develop a story behind all the interesting historical characters at the arts centre, which was performed by children in six episodes.
‘This was followed by a stool-making workshop, using locally felled hazel and ash, to introduce families to the basics of woodworking tools. These workshops both helped to inform the final, most ambitious workshops to build a timber structure that could inspire further creative workshops.’