Savill Gardens, Windsor

Architect:
Glenn Howells Architects
Completed:
2006
Awards:
RIBA Regional Award 2007; RIBA National Awards 2007; Civic Trust Timber Building Award 2007; IStructE Supreme Award for Structural Building Excellence 2007; The Woods Awards, Gold Award, 2006; The Woods Awards, Structural Category, 2006; The Woods Awards, Commercial and Public Access, 2006; BD's Building of the Year Award, 2007; Stirling Prize Shortlist, 2007
Publications:
A&B, June 2006; AJ, July 2006; TimberBuilding Magazine, 2005; AJ Specification, October 2005; RIBA Journal, August 2004
Categories:
Arts + Leisure, New Build, Sustainable Construction, A Little Different, UK excluding London
Photography:
Warwick Sweeney

A new visitor centre for the Crown Estates was won in a limited competition; the proposal for a timber gridshell roof was carried through to from the initial winning design. The roof has an uninterrupted span of 90mx25m and is supported off three dimensionally curved steel ring beam and raking steel legs. A complex series of foundation pads, thrust blocks and tie beams, in conjunction with the earth/glass covered ancillary accommodation anchor the structure.