The Horniman Pavilion

The Observer has reviewed the Horniman Museum's new garden pavilion, which marks the completion of a renovation process that has spanned three decades. Architecture critic Rowan Moore writes:


Walters and Cohen's pavilion, a well-proportioned, timber-framed glass box, its structure black-clad on the outside, is an instrument for making all this strangeness apparent. It's a considerably more modest version of Mies van der Rohe's Tugendhat House, perched like that work above a city view. At one end, alpacas will come up to the glass; at the other, a balcony opens to the panorama. The pavilion, light-filled and made rhythmic by its repeating beams and pillars, is a foil.


Click here for a photo of the new building. And here for a discussion on the South East London forum of what their licence application means for local residents.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Never mind that, was anyone woken at 2am by that police helicopter!

I can almost see the Met press report now. Two joy riders were later arrested, cautioned, released without charge, after being told not to do it again.

Anonymous said...

No, it was just wind blowing through the space between your ears.

Brockley Cross said...

I heart the Horniman. Lovely that they'll have more indoor space and can't wait for the Alpacas (which apparently aren't coming until next year)

Anonymous said...

that's right, that's all we need, a herd of alpacas spreading TB across SE London . . .

Anonymous said...

Wow. An alpaca-NIMBY has arrived.

Michael_FH said...

Alpaca fans can already visit them in Crystal Palace in their small farm which includes pigs, goats, ponies, rabbits, snakes, sheep, and dinosaurs.

Horniman Gardens is looking fantastic at the moment and everybody is looking forward to being able to access all areas very soon.

Brockely Kiwi said...

thats right, thats all we need, a herd of anons spreading pessimism across SE London ...

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if the gates on Langton Rise are ever going to be reopened?

Moi said...

@anon, do you mean the Horniman Drive entrance? It will be open for pedestrians as far as I know (I thought it already was - I have certainly gone in that way for an evening event) but there is no longer any parking around the bandstand etc so there will be no access for cars.

Anonymous said...

Underwhelmed to say the least. The new pavilion looks like the sort of temporary buildings somebody would throw up in a farm yard. Can nobody design anything any longer which isn't all straight lines, glass and wood and as uninspiring as a shoe box?

Tamsin said...

No.

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