The Royal Pavilion hosts a busy year-round schedule of exhibitions, film screenings and all nature of live performance and events. The centre, complete with artist studio space, is supported by a restaurant for visitors, while the jewel in the crown is a 500 seat open-air theatre. All elements offer dramatic views of the sea and Essex coastline.
Something for everybody. Not just one building, but several, where different things are happening, attracting different people with different tastes.Peggy Dewitt, Southend Pier Museum Manager
The cultural centre, theatre and restaurant were arranged to provide shelter, as well as to give the best possible views outwards. Structural elements borrowed their shape from the waves to root the scheme within its coastal landscape. The maritime environment is challenging for most traditional building materials, especially in the long-term. Timber, Corten steel and glass were selected to withstand this tough coastal climate, removing any need for maintenance.
Design development and delivery was in collaboration with London-based practice, Sprunt.
The Royal Pavilion’s contemporary form is a radical deviation from the traditional architecture of Southend. Harmonising with the windswept site, the Royal Pavilion is, once again, a focal point for cultural life in the town.