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St John’s Music Pavilion

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St John’s Music Pavilion

Location: Buckinghamshire
Architect: Clementine Blakemore
Structural Engineer: Webb Yates Engineers
Main contractor (phase two): Timber Workshop
Joinery: Design and Making
Wood supplier: Hooke Park
Wood species: European spruce, British green larch

St. John’s Music Pavilion is a new timber classroom. The building was completed incrementally in partnership with the local community and was funded entirely through in-kind donations of materials. The structural design was developed as a reciprocal timber frame, with each member resting on the adjacent one to create an interlocking lattice. The collaborative ‘live build’ project formed part of a larger research project and was constructed in two phases. Phase one saw the design, fabrication and erection of the main timber structure. The construction took place in two weeks and the resulting space was initially used as an open-air canopy. Stage two involved enclosing and insulating the space to form an additional classroom for the school. Bi-folding doors open to the grassy mounds of the school which double as an audience viewing area. The finished structure uses multiple timber species, creating an interesting pallet of colour and textures.