Marks Barfield Architects, the London-based practice behind the famed London Eye, has designed a temporary visitor pavilion for a newly landscaped section of the Hungerford Car Park in England’s capital. The scheme - which has recently been submitted for planning - is part of a wider development by Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar at the Shell Centre site on London’s South Bank.
The wider Shell Centre redevelopment site includes the preservation of the original 27-storey building and development of 8 additional buildings, including several hundred homes, retail facilities and public amenities. While the project was approved by the Borough of Lambeth in May 2013, it is still under scrutiny.
Following an international design competition for the temporary pavilion, Marks Barfield Architects was selected and has now released renderings to the public. The concepts show a reflective form of four storeys which can be dismantled at a later date and reassembled at an alternative site, similar to the annual Serpentine Pavilion commission in London’s Kensington Gardens.
Should the scheme receive approval, the double-height ground floor will be a public space for exhibitions about the core redevelopment of the Shell Centre site and the history of the South Bank. A meeting room and educational facilities will be hosted on the first floor and the second and third floors will be home to showrooms for the project’s residential units.
John Pagano, speaking on behalf of the joint venture developers Braeburn Estates, said: “We chose local architects Marks Barfield for this building as they have already made a significant contribution to the South Bank with their world-renowned design of the London Eye.
"The high-quality designs they have proposed for the visitor pavilion will be in keeping with our aspiration for the Shell Centre scheme, and complement the South Bank’s cultural offer. We hope for approval of the pavilion in the coming months, recognising that this is fully dependent on securing approval for the main site.”