A remarkably poetic and beautiful building
South East Regional Award 2019
Mark Wallinger in collaboration with Studio Octopi for the National Trust
Contract value: Undisclosed
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.