Evelina Workspace

CarverHaggard, London, 2016


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A freestanding workspace pavilion in Evelina Children’s Hospital.

A lightweight canopy structure provides shading, lighting and privacy for medical staff working within the main atrium space.

The structure is a hybrid of laser-cut spruce plywood and light grey machined steel components. The canopy is created from a series of seven folding scissor trusses, draped with weighted strips of raw canvas which diffuse the bright light from the sky during the day, and provide a surface for uplighting in lower light conditions. A folded screen of interlocking plywood strips creates a subtle spatial division between the workspace and the public Café area.

The structural design was developed with Structure Workshop, and incorporates longitudinal cable-braced beams running perpendicular to the timber scissor trusses within the same depth, to create a form of hybrid space frame, supported on pin joints to four free-standing steel columns. The components were fabricated off-site and installed over a weekend to minimise disruption to users.


  • Begun: Nov 2016
  • Completed: Dec 2016
  • Floor area: 80m2
  • Sector: Healthcare
  • Total cost: £40,000
  • Tender date: May 2016
  • Procurement: Direct Order
  • Address: Evelina Children's Hospital, Westminster Bridge Rd, Lambeth, London, SE1 7EH, United Kingdom

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