US architect wins Art Fund Pavilion competition

US architect Tina Manis Associates has won the competition to design the Art Fund Pavilion 2009.

The competition, organised by Woking’s Lightbox Gallery in association with Tent London and the Architecture Foundation, attracted applications from 52 countries.

The pavilion has a committed construction budget of £100 000, a sum awarded to the Lightbox by the Art Fund Prize last May.

It will be displayed as part of Tent London during this year’s London Design Festival, before taking up residence at the Lightbox.

Julia Barfield, director of Marks Barfield Architects, who sat on the judging panel, says, ‘The winning entry is an elegant response to the canalside site and the brief, creating an original, unique pavilion form that promises to be a delight to experience.’

Tina Manis, director of Tina Manis Associates, says, ‘As a transient entity, the pavilion acts as a sort of three-dimensional postcard or viewport – a means for transporting the experience of viewing artwork across the city.’

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