Writ in Water, Runnymede, Surrey

A remarkably poetic and beautiful building

Writ in Water.
Writ in Water. Credit: Andrew Butler

South East Regional Award 2019

Mark Wallinger in collaboration with Studio Octopi for the National Trust
Contract value: Undisclosed
GIA: 180m²

This project, marking the site of the signing of the Magna Carta, is at once a work of both sculpture and architecture – an extraordinary collaboration between artist, architect and client. Won in competition by sculptor Mark Wallinger, it has produced a remarkably poetic and beautiful building. Designed using the ancient cubit measuring system, the outer walls’ rotunda form forms a circular entrance cloister, constructed in rough, compacted aggregate. Beyond this cloister is an open court-yard with a still pool reflecting around words from the Magna Carta itself. It is a very special place.

  • Writ in Water.
    Writ in Water. Credit: Andrew Butler
  • Writ in Water.
    Writ in Water. Credit: Andrew Butler
  • Writ in Water.
    Writ in Water. Credit: Andrew Butler
  • Writ in Water.
    Writ in Water. Credit: Andrew Butler
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