Konishi Gaffney has collaborated with the internationally renowned and Turner Prize-winning artist Martin Boyce on a new café and visitor centre on an exceptional beach-front site, in the Lake District National Park.
Boyce is best known for his innovative sculpture and public artworks that explore the intersection of art, design, and urban space. His work has been exhibited at venues around the world, including the Tate Modern in London and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. His approach, inspired by 20th Century Modernism, often sees work that incorporates language, pattern, and repetition of form.
The artist / architect collaboration led to sliding external shutters that provide weather protection and a distinctive pattern motif for the building. The shutters are being crafted in Glasgow by Scott Associates Sculpture & Design using marine-grade stainless steel with intricate details and will provide an ever-changing pattern of dappled light and shadow inside the building and out.
The building is the result of a national architectural competition in 2019. Boyce’s commission is part of a public art programme, Deep Time: Commissions for the Lake District Coast which was commissioned by Copeland Borough Council. It is curated & produced by Aldo Rinaldi and funded by HM Government’s Coastal Communities Fund, Sellafield Ltd.’s Six Social Impact multiplied programme and Arts Council of England.