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The Pavilion at Library of Birmingham / Studio Myerscough

  • 01:00 - 4 October, 2013
The Pavilion at Library of Birmingham / Studio Myerscough
The Pavilion at Library of Birmingham / Studio Myerscough, © Gareth Gardner
© Gareth Gardner

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Library of Birmingham, Cambridge Street, Birmingham, West Midlands B1 2EP, United Kingdom
  • Design Team

    Morag Myerscough and Luke Morgan
  • Painting and sign production

    Morag Myerscough and team
  • Engineers

    Milk Engineers
  • Structure built

    Origin 8 Projects Ltd
  • Client

    Capsule & Birmingham City Council
  • Area

    36.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

© Gareth Gardner
© Gareth Gardner

Text description provided by the architects. Centrepiece of the dramatic lobby of the new Library of Birmingham is a temporary pavilion created by Morag Myerscough and Luke Morgan. The Pavilion is a multifunctional structure designed to house an 18 week programme of creative residencies for the Discovery Season. Artists, film makers, book makers and a range of other creatives will set up home in The Pavilion for a week at a time, making new work and offering a variety of free activities for visitors.

© Gareth Gardner
© Gareth Gardner

The Discovery Season curated by Capsule is a dynamic mix of exhibitions, activities and performances, with the aim to challenge perceptions of what a library can be. Entirely hand-crafted, The Pavilion has been designed to reflect the diverse and often radical Discovery Season creative residency programme including. The timber single-storey structure is topped with a neon ‘crown’ of signs emblazoned with words that originated from workshops held with youth arts group Birmingham 2022. Myerscough, Morgan and two assistants hand-painted the exterior walls with symbols used in on-line communication, embracing digital with an analogue technique. “We wanted to greet visitors with a smile and a celebration of the word,” she says. “It encourages conversation and fun.”

© Gareth Gardner
© Gareth Gardner

The interior of the timber box structure has been kept as simple and raw as possible, allowing each resident to change the space as much as they wish. Battens can be used as ad hoc shelves, while the ceiling is made from wooden slats which provides views of the neon rooftop signs and delivers a striking internal dappled lighting effect.

© Gareth Gardner
© Gareth Gardner

Two sides of the structure feature full-height double doors while the others have large windows. These can either be swung open for transparency or closed to create a more intimate environment for projected installations, in stark contrast to the Library’s vast lobby space.

© Gareth Gardner
© Gareth Gardner

“The Pavilion is also meant to be something of a ‘curiosity box’ which closes on Sunday night, undergoes transformation the following day and then when the doors open on Tuesday has become a totally new space depending on what that week’s resident has planned,” Myerscough adds. The Pavilion was erected on site in just two weeks, and was designed to make best use of a space directly opposite the Library’s main entrance. It snugly fits between concrete pillars, working within tight spatial restrictions imposed by the Library’s fire protection system. As part of the Discovery Season, Studio Myerscough also hosted a week-long residency using the intricate interlocking aluminium patterns of the cladding for the Mecanoo-designed Library as inspiration to create a new A to Z font with the people of Birmingham.

© Gareth Gardner
© Gareth Gardner

Designed to be completely demountable, it is hoped that a new home for the Pavilion will be found at the end of the Discovery Season.


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Cite: "The Pavilion at Library of Birmingham / Studio Myerscough" 04 Oct 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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