Situated at Canary Wharf during the London Design Festival 2022, the Henge Pavilion is a collaboration with Stanton Williams and LSI Stone and experimentadesign. The design is inspired by the Neolithic stone structures that "create a space separate from the outside world".
The circular form creates a focused gathering space with a clear identity. Described as a “participatory sculptural form”, the installation creates a gathering space for visitors, and encourages spontaneous performances, music and poetry readings within and around the structure.
The pavilion itself features 150-million-year-old Jurassic limestone and marble, a zero carbon, recyclable material. Light will accentuate the form and play against its rich, textured surfaces.
A CNC-cut plywood kit employs wedges instead of screws and glue, and the stones are mutually supported by a single brace. While this appears likely to collapse, the placement of the struts and layout means that as each stone inclines, its neighbour has to incline more, and the subsequent stone further, and so on, thus becoming kinetically locked in a circle.