Shortlisted for the 2007 Stirling Prize, this building is as beguiling in the flesh as it is innovative, even though it uses traditional building techniques and materials. The vast undulating canopy is supported only by the perimeter walls. The architect was clear that there should be no equipment whatsoever visible on the ceiling.
The challenge then was to light across this huge surface only from its edge, and of course, being Mindseye, it had to be a completely integrated solution.
While the result appears to be effortlessly simple, as is often the way, it was in fact technically very difficult to achieve through pushing the boundaries of the technical solution developed by Mindseye to meet the challenging brief.
Savill Garden Visitor Centre
- Glenn Howells Architects