Garsington Opera Pavilion

Snell Associates Architects
Buckinghamshire, 2011

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  • Begun: Nov 2010
  • Completed: May 2011
  • Floor area: 2,065m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £1.8M
  • Address: Wormsley Estate, Near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP14 3YE, United Kingdom

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Steel framed opera pavilion with a semi-exposed environment, designed to be erected and dismantled each season

Due to the landlord’s and planners’ requirements the venue has to be dismantled and moved offsite at the end of every season; the theatre can be erected in less than four weeks, taking as long again to dismantle and remove.

The pavilion’s lightweight steel frame structure uses split pin connections throughout and is enclosed with a fabric envelope.

The lightweight fabric design controls sound reflection, using the convex PVC membrane roof and its sculpted and tilted walls of shiny, clear PVC. An outer roof membrane disperses rain and reduces noise levels by 14 decibels.

The theatre has planning consent for 15 years and sits on a level area surrounded by woodlands, and facing a lake, on leased land in Wormely Park, Buckinghamshire