Sheppard Robson has designed a timber-framed pavilion building wrapped in a greened-veil of planting and delicate trellis. The public realm and timber kiosks complete the redevelopment of a key public space in the successful Spinningfields development in Manchester.
Located in Hardman Square, The Pavilion provides a permanent venue for high-end food and drink offering, whilst the public realm proposal, influenced by a local historic narrative, creates a complimentary garden space, called The Field.
The landscape and its relationship to the building were the key driver in the concept; a cohesive idea tying public realm and built-form together evolved. The strongly gridded form of its expressed frame firmly anchors the new building in its context of commercial offices, whilst the timber structure provides relief from its steel and aluminium neighbours. In further contrast, the free form landscaping softens and disorders the building through planting schemes.