Gort Scott Architects has won a competition for a new public-lavatory pavilion on Empire Way in Wembley, designed to sit on a pedestrianised area outside Wembley Stadium in the London Borough of Brent.
The building’s design is intended to be delightful and uplifting, while sufficiently robust and able to respond to large crowds and stadium visitors. Standing more than 5m tall, it commands a presence at the high point of the surrounding topography. Each of the building’s sides is subtly differentiated in response to the specific contexts, whether a busy road or public space.
The building has a compact plan, based on a simple geometry derived from a square, which suggests movement and rotation. The twisted form expands as it rises to contain a large, inverted rainwater-collection tank, forming a large roof area for photovoltaic panels while retaining a minimal footprint.
The base of the building will be constructed from in-situ tinted concrete, forming a robust plinth to withstand to the anticipated knocks and scrapes of heavy use. Above head-height the structure becomes a filigree, shiny metal screen, allowing for plentiful light and ventilation without letting views in. The perforated water-cut screen further creates the effect of a glowing lantern during the evening.
The interior walls will be tinted concrete with areas of tiling up to a height of 2m. Above this, a slender structural steel frame supports the perforated screen.
The £200,000 project is scheduled for completion in February 2013.