Events pavillion draws on past to build new future
Dick Peddie + McKay have recently finished the Island Pavilion, which is the second of two completed proposals for Ballencrieff Estates at Ballencrieff Fishery. Located on the reservoir, the Water Lily Island Pavilion sits over the water and offers panoramic views over Bathgate in Scotland.
The pavilion serves as an ancillary room to the main building, providing a unique space for events such as weddings and conferences. The building can operate as a restaurant when not in use for events.
The client’s vision started with an image of a 19th century gazebo simply used as a sitting area to enjoy the scenery. The idea was to create a building that would offer a sense of isolation and intimacy for wedding ceremonies. The pavilion was design so it would not restrict views or be an imposing presence when views from the main building.
Access to the pavilion is by a pedestrian bridge, which is linked to the external covered area. The building offers 150-degree views of the landscape and screening piers and the external canopy provide protection and shelter from the elements on this exposed site.
The structure is made up of an in-situ concrete slab sitting over a series of piles. The main structural frame is made up from steel sections in a radial position with ‘T’-rafters expressed internally. The rafters are cantilevered over the enclosed building envelope and are propped by a feature column located centrally under the glazed roof light.