Ian Ritchie Pavilion – Crystal Palace

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In March 1996, Ian Ritchie Architects won the competition for the design of a permanent concert platform in Crystal Palace Park, London.
Our concept for the concert platform was developed from an understanding and recognition of the primary importance of the Paxton landscape within which the concert platform would be located. We considered that the setting was rich and complex, and that a simple structure was more appropriate, not as a contrast, but as a minimal intervention. Nevertheless, its simplicity belies the complex performance required of it, and also avoids its appearance being seen as a conventional building.