The Observatory


River Tamar Project

After careful consideration, the judging panel have announced the winner of The Observatory design competition.

The Observatory design competition had attracted entries from all over the UK, with a variety of concepts for the space where artists and the public can interact and explore their relationship to the river and the surrounding environment. The winning design came from a team of architects working for Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios who worked with Devon-based artist Edward Crumpton to create the two rotating structures which will form The Observatory.

The structure, which fulfills the competition requirements of being movable, flexible and reconfigurable, will provide artists with shelter and space to work, whilst experiencing the natural environment surrounding them. The Observatory will tour four different locations on the south coast of England with twelve artists taking up residencies over the duration. The Observatory project team are currently working on raising the £50,000 required to fully realise the structure and the River Tamar Project will be working with SPUD to bring the finished Observatory to the River Tamar in 2015/16.

The public vote was important in influencing the judges decision when they selected the winning design. So we would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you on behalf of ourselves and our partners, SPUD, to all those who voted at the exhibition of the shortlisted designs at the Tamar Valley Centre in March.

Find out more about The River Tamar Project

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