Crystal Pavilion

By PROFFERLO architecture

Connection to Harringay Warehouse District

Harringay District’s Warehouses used to be containers for raw materials and goods. Nowadays these buildings contain ideas, innovative projects and people that share their arts and culture.
Our pavilion is an ideal container that represents the District: its shelving walls showcase examples of the warehouses’ activities, like products fabricated by the artists and by the makers that form the community of the District. In the meantime, our proposal is also a container for various events: between its two shelving walls and under its tent ceiling, the pavilion can host small concerts, workshops, lectures, and other social events.

Proposal Outline

Our proposal is a container that has a double function: it showcases the artworks and crafts of the community of Harringay whilst hosting social and cultural events.
Our pavilion is a window, a corridor and a shell at the same time.
The corridor is framed by two shelving walls (the windows) and covered by a coloured tent. This central area is a multifunctional space: thanks to a system of tents that run from side to side, it is possible to divide the space in smaller compartments, or use a single big space (the shell) by shrinking all the tents.

Our major inspiration comes from the Great Exhibition of 1851 and therefore, the Crystal Palace, for both its shape and function.
Regarding the shape, the two long elevations of the project are a synthesis of the majestic facades of the Crystal Palace; walking by Eade road, it is possible to recognise the silhouette of the great pavilion, in the meantime, thanks to its transparent skin, one can see what there is inside of it: both the objects exposed and the activities happening.
Regarding the function, as well as The Great Exhibition was the place where ideas and products were presented to the world, our pavilion is meant to be as a portal and business card of the district.

The shelving structure is made up of two frames of waterproof treated and painted timber studs, each of the frames placed each other 6 metres apart. The central space is covered by curtains that are supported by tracks. The structures are anchored to the ground through a system of weights. The framed walls are wrapped on the external side by polycarbonate sheets. Each compartment has its own lighting.
All materials were conceived to be cheap, easy to find, to assemble and disassemble.