Butterfly / Pavilion
From seven shortlisted designs, the concept from wHY was unanimously selected as the winner of the international competition.
They propose an organic landscape-focused scheme that respects the historic setting but also animates the Gardens through the introduction of a new undulating promenade, sculptural seating and dynamic open views.
Led by wHY, the winning submission was a collaboration of the following specialists; GRAS, Groves-Raines Architects, Arup, Studio Yann Kersalé, O Street, Stuco, Creative Concern, Noel Kingsbury, Atelier Ten and Lawrence Barth with Alan Cumming, Aaron Hicklin, Beatrice Colin, Peter Ross, Alison Watson and Adrian Turpin.
Here’s how wHY summed-up their design concept, entitled Butterfly Pavilllion:
The word ‘pavilion’, from the Old French for butterfly (papillion), parsed through the pictogram of a highly-decorated tent, evokes the fluttering canvas and heraldry of a field campaign with a glorious connection between nature and humankind.
The butterfly is unity of symmetry and organic form, whose lines can be traced and followed, eagerly denoting meaning. Occasionally alighting, it is of the air but connects with the ground. It delights and draws you in.
And so it is with this new ‘pavilion’. Pleasure will be drawn from rock and fold, from seam and segue. There are glimpses of history and the promise of a performance. People will connect through their common story and shared song. There is music in the air.Light, space, sound, and poetry. Castle, rock, garden, and fountain. Without nature, the city is lifeless.
This is a place for people and their perpetual delight.