Portobello Pavilion

Public Realm


An invitation only 1-day design charrette held by the Museum of Architecture (MOA) and The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Brief from the sponsors: ‘The aim of the pavilion and the arts programming is to provide a platform for the community-led steering group of artists, designers and architects… The pavilion needed to reflect two main themes. The first is the historical and geographical context of the pavilion, with the rich history of Powis Square that carries important meaning for the local community. The second theme is sustainability and healthy spaces, with the design integrating an element of greenery or plants that will be supplied in-kind by a local nursery. The material for the pavilion is supplied in-kind by Finsa, a company specialising in the production of MDF and particleboard… the structure needed to provide an open space with a classroom capacity of 40.’

West Port's proposal was to use Finsa’s cubed modules to create a single-sided raked theatre. Inspired by the history of the area the proposed design was centred on providing a shared space for performance, open dialogue and debate.