The £1m centrepiece in the restoration of a historic park in Yorkshire has been completed, incorporating innovative use of the MX curtain walling system from Technal.
The dramatic sculptural pavilion in Avenham Park was the winning design in an RIBA competition. The building has a strong geometric design, which includes a complex zinc-clad ‘saw tooth’ roof and extensive use of timber, aluminium and glass.
Unusually, Technal’s MX Visible Grid curtain walling was used with specially designed timber caps to accentuate the vertical profiles, both internally and externally. The transoms were finished in black and provide an effective contrast to the timber capped mullions.
Three different module widths break up the uniformity of the glazed façades, whilst maximising the spectacular views of the River Ribble from the inside. The curtain walling was also faceted, to follow the curve of the building, which forms a small performance space to the north.
The new riverside pavilion sits within a conservation area and is the focal point for year-round events that take place in this landscaped Victorian park. It provides a modern facility for the arts, education, entertainment and leisure activities, a café and an operational base for park rangers.