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Freya and Robin / Studio Weave

  • 01:00 - 19 March, 2014
Freya and Robin / Studio Weave
Freya and Robin / Studio Weave, © Peter Sharpe
© Peter Sharpe

© David Williams © Peter Sharpe © Studio Weave © David Williams + 25

© David Williams
© David Williams

Text description provided by the architects. Freya and Robin are manifestations of a love story embedded in the stunning landscape of Kielder Water and Forest Park, home to the largest man-made body of water in Europe and surrounded by commercial forest. With the client, we chose two sites on either side of the lake and through our proposals sought to create evidence of an imagined fairytale, creating a playful and magical link across the water. The structures form stopping points that peer at each other and enhance a sense of place along the new Lakeside Way for walkers and cyclists. 

© Peter Sharpe
© Peter Sharpe

We embraced the man-made nature of this ‘rural’ context and considered the site a stage set against which we could tell a story. We developed a narrative that guided and informed design decisions from beginning to end, proving an effective forum for architect, client and fabricator to collaborate. While creating evidence of an imagined fairytale, the pavilions also meet technically demanding requirements, including all-year-round accessibility, robustness for constant public use and resistance to extreme weather conditions.

© David Williams
© David Williams

The project has been recognised in the Wood Awards and the European Copper in Architecture Awards. It was even chosen as a perfect spot for a marriage proposal!

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Cite: "Freya and Robin / Studio Weave" 19 Mar 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/487799/freya-and-robin-studio-weave/> ISSN 0719-8884
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