Serenity

Matt Robinson and Tom Reed, Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, 2013

 

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Pavilion for visitors and students to relax, unwind, contemplate and socialize. The building also doubles as an extension of the existing log store

Serenity, a pavilion in the heart of the old slate quarry at CAT is the culmination of a 24hr design competition at the centre for alternative technology.

The structure provides an environment for visitors and students to shelter, relax and be inspired by the natural surroundings in a serene and peaceful setting. The concept, derived from origins of the natural environment in which it sits, frames views and mirrors the geometry of its context. A measured degree of permeability provides a balance between a sense of enclosure and the context so integral to the concept.

Built using no wet trades, the low impact building uses a structural aesthetic inspired by traditional Japanese architecture. Built entirely from locally sourced / salvaged timber, the building rests on slate footings ensuring an impermanence respectful of the site and surrounding context.

Constructed in 7 days, Serenity is an inclusive project representing the efforts of students and staff of the professional diploma in architecture at CAT.

Data

  • Begun: Sep 2013
  • Completed: Sep 2013
  • Floor area: 20m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £2,500
  • Funding: Centre for Alternative Technology
  • Tender date: Sep 2013
  • Address: Centre for Alternative Technology, Llwyngwern Quarry, Pantperthog, Machynlleth, SY20 9AZ, United Kingdom