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Capel Manor House Guest Pavilion
Henryk Hetflaisz Download Original
- Begun: Jan 2011
- Completed: Sep 2011
- Floor area: 90m2
- Sector: House
- Total cost: £245,000
- Tender date: Sep 2010
- Procurement: Minor Works Contract
- Address: Capel Manor House, Grovehurst Lane, Horsmonden, Kent, TN12 8BG, United Kingdom
The brief was to design a guest pavilion comprising two suites adjacent to an Italianate orangery from 1860, on the grounds of Capel Manor House, an iconic 1960s Modernist pavilion designed by Michael Manser
The simple rear facade of the pavilion is first glimpsed from a secluded woodland passageway. The building then offers an invitation: a passageway through its centre, which is open to the sky, presenting a dramatic event on a walk through the garden. This passageway is formed by two spine walls cast in Béton Brut concrete.
These massive walls contrast with the lighter zinc-clad roof and glass elements, while the wood grain of the timber shuttering echoes the woodland context.