Garsington Opera Pavilion, High Wycombe Building

Garsington Opera Pavilion Stokenchurch, High Wycombe, Wormsley Estate, Architect

Garsington Opera Pavilion : High Wycombe Building

Wormsley Estate Building, south east England, UK – design by Snell Associates

30 Jun 2012

Garsington Opera Pavilion, High Wycombe

Design: Snell Associates

RIBA Awards 2012 Citation:

Garsington Opera Pavilion

Garsington Opera Pavilion High Wycombe Garsington Opera Pavilion High Wycombe
photos : Dennis Gilbert

In the great English tradition of distrust of the new followed by rapid assimilation into permanency and subsequent listing, Garsington’s design concept is driven by the need for it to be a completely demountable ‘temporary’ structure. Although it is supposed to be taken down every autumn, the landowner likes it so much he already suggested leaving it in place after the first season.

Garsington Opera Pavilion High Wycombe
photo : Mike Hoban

Nonetheless, it is entirely designed out of transportable elements which require one cherry picker to lift into place in a short space of time. 5-part galvanised steel truss components bolt together to form the 20 metre clear roof spans over the auditorium.

Garsington Opera Pavilion High Wycombe
photo : Marcus Dawes

Transparent sail fabric and timber panels form the enclosure. The ‘foyer’ is open to the adjoining lake with timber and steel scaffolding stairs leading to the upper parts of the 600 seat auditorium.

Garsington Opera Pavilion High Wycombe
photo : Richard Davies

Garsington Opera Pavilion High Wycombe – RIBA Awards winner, 2012

Garsington Opera Pavilion – Building Information

Location: Wormsley Estate, Stokenchurch
Architect: Robin Snell Associates
Client: Garsington Opera
Structural Engineer: Momentum
Services Engineer: Buro Happold
Acoustics: Sound Space Design
Theatre Consultant: Iain Mackintosh
Contractor: Unusual Rigging
Contract Value: £1.8 million
Date of completion: May 2011
Gross internal area: 20,655 sqm

Garsington Opera Pavilion High Wycombe images / information from RIBA

Snell Associates


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