The Winning Pavilion Project

Friday, 21 December 2012


The winning Pavilion Project has been announced. Congratulations to the Rain Pavilion Team.

The winning design has been announced for an installation which will form part of the public face of Oxford Brookes’ new campus development.

A special event was held last week (10 Dec) to celebrate the submissions made by second and third year students for the competition to produce a design for the Headington campus’ new piazza.

The winning entry, titled The Rain Pavilion, was created by Architecture students Alex Horsmann and Charlotte Birch. The design was created to celebrate rain and different sections of the pavilion will reflect how the rainfall sounds in different ways.

Commenting on their winning submissions, winning student Charlotte Birch said: “We’re both really surprised and really happy. Lots of the work was of a really high standard. This was an extra thing on top of all of our work which can be a bit daunting, but at the end it is worth it.” 

The competition was part of the Pavilion Project initiative which was a collaboration project between Oxford Brookes’ Art and Architecture Departments and the Capital Projects team. Vice-Chancellor Professor Janet Beer, who presented awards to the winning students, added: “I hope that this marks the first of many collaborations between students in Art and students in Architecture as I think it is a fantastic interdisciplinary initiative.”

The full winners of the Pavillion Project competition were:

First prize: The Rain Pavilion - Alex Horsmann and Charlotte Birch

Second prize: The Seed Pavilion - Viviane Fallah

Third prize: Pixel Forest - Jim Ankri, Guillaume Helleu and Ava Roghanian

Commendation: The Forum  - Tidus Chung, Ben Najafi and Shiva Pouryousef Khameneh

Find out more about all the  Pavilion Project on Space to Think or have a look at the  flickr gallery.

The next phase will be to develop The Rain Pavilion - this will again involve students and provide further valuable opportunities to gain new skills and experience.

The awards event was held in the new exhibition space The Glass Tank which is part of the new Abercrombie extension.

This newly designed space, and the new library and teaching building which will open in 2013, have recently made the headlines in the Architectural press. Read the cover feature from the  Royal Institute of British Architect (RIBA) Journal online.

Up and coming events in the Glass Tank include: Youth Rights – documentary photography exhibition, Audiograft – festival of contemporary experimental music, Designed for Women – focusing on designs made for women, Fine Arts Degree Show and School of Architecture End of Year Show.