Having identified an overlooked opportunity site from Sedbergh School’s development framework, we were commissioned to establish potential uses and a building concept for the restricted site.
The proposal evolved into a high-spec hospitality pavilion characterised by mainly indigenous materials, hues and textures; grounded by planes of reclaimed local dry-stone walling, sandwiched by a contrasting crisp concrete plinth and coping; the understated lower-level sets apart a lightweight, timber lattice-clad viewing box; the primary social space for both day and evening events. This focal and inviting upper floor deceivingly floats above the dry-stone walling below by virtue of the clerestory glazing; visually connected by a penetrating, rough-sawn formwork concrete chimney breast serving an outdoor fire. This, coupled with the smooth pre-cast concrete outdoor bench-seating and generous balcony above, diversify the external gathering areas.
Internally, a simple, natural material palette and rigorous internal grid are employed to create a calming space. The timber structure, joinery and raw clay plaster wall finishes provide a neutral, tactile backdrop, whilst breathing warmth into the heart of the hospitality suite. The dominant application of oak wall panelling echoes the stateliness and dignity of many historic buildings within and beyond the pavilion grounds.