Lake Island Pavilion, Wormsley Estate

The Island Pavilion demanded high quality materials and a completely bespoke design, for this Snell Associates specified SAS International for their reputation and expertise in Architectural Metalwork solutions.

Key features

Sector

Leisure

Client

Garsington Opera

Architect

Snell Associates

Main contractor

Mace Limited

Sub-contractor

SAS Project Management

Completion year

2014

Area M2

141

Region

United Kingdom

Product Groups

Wormsley, the Getty family’s 2,500 acre estate in the Chiltern Hills, now boasts a new Lake Island Pavilion. The contemporary structure brings the 18th century English tradition of a pavilion wholly into the 21st century.

Snell Associates specified SAS International for their reputation and expertise with bespoke metal architectural solutions. Conceived as a permanent year round structure, the Island Pavilion demanded high quality materials and a completely bespoke design. The rear wall wraps over the roof seamlessly, acting as both intrinsic design feature and aiding water shedding as part of a continuous rainscreen.

The pavilion exhibits the multi-million pound Koon sculpture (Cracked Egg, Blue) in an almost sacred, temple-like manner. Throughout, the stainless steel has been bead blasted to offset and contrast with the highly polished artwork, maximising impact.

During the day, this deceptively simple structure amplifies panoramic views across the landscape, brilliantly integrating architecture, design and art. At night the building is lit from within to become a metaphorical lantern, seemingly hovering over the lake.

The project took 2 months to complete, running to a tight programme to be ready for Getty’s mother’s birthday party.