Completed: August 2001
Architect: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Award: RIBA National Award 2002
Award-winning trapezoidal frame
The concept for the canopy was an ‘abstracted tree’. Trapezoidal in form, its irregularity adding to its beauty. In 2002 the Solar Canopy was awarded the outstanding accolade of a RIBA National Award.
“Sustainability meets aesthetics and demonstrates it can provide all the elements of good architecture.”
RIBA Award 2002 Judges
The structure is a geometrically complex space frame constructed from larch poles, joined by steel nodes, of which no two nodes are identical. While a regular space frame would have been significantly less interesting, if more economic, the cost of the frame was only marginally more than a steel equivalent.Read more
"Sustainability meets aesthetics and demonstrates it can provide all the elements of good architecture."