Wallington Visitor Centre

Metaphor

Working with the National Trust on ten properties we realised that visitor centres often don’t work. They use up too much of the visitors’ attention span before they have reached the primary destination, and a contemporary building can be an intrusion in a journey back in time.

At Wallington we couldn’t recycle an existing building as a visitor centre, so we devised an entry sequence where the building would disappear behind hedges and amongst trees, so that all that remains is the content, the story and the view to the gatehouse.

The shop café and toilets are placed where visitors instinctively need them to be. Only once inside the café do they discover it is set amongst trees.