Slessor Gardens: Pavilion

Slessor Gardens Pavilion


This pavilion was designed by Kengo Kuma, who also designed the V&A Museum Of Design Dundee. The design is inspired by a traditional Japanese Kibako (wooden box) with wood stacked like a structure of firewood logs. The pavilion is composed of various lengths and diameters of tree trunks sourced from fallen trees in Templeton Woods on the outskirts of Dundee. The pavilion was constructed by George Martin (Builders) with planting provided by Gardenscape Dundee.

The Pavilion was first displayed at the Pop-up World Cities Expo in Edinburgh in Summer 2016. Following the Expo it was moved to be temporarily displayed at Slessor Gardens and expected to be removed during 2019 when the site will be utilised by a new play area.

The interior of the pavilion is closed at present but it is intended that public access will be made available during special events.

the pavilion building and associated garden has been supported by:

  • Dundee City Council
  • Gardenscape Dundee
  • George Martin (Builders) Ltd
  • James F Stephen Architects
  • Kengo Kuma and Associates
  • Martin Baillie
  • Turner & Townsend
  • V&A Museum Of Design Dundee

Planting within this garden includes:

  • Abelia Grandiflora (Glossy abelia)
  • Geranium Macrorrhizum (Cranesbill)
  • Iris Siberica (Siberian Flag)
  • Cotinus Coggygaria (Smoke Tree)
  • Brunnera macrophylla (Siberian Bugloss "Dawsons White")
  • Stipa Gigantean (Golden Oats)
  • Anemone Hybrid ‘Honorine Jobert’ (Japanese Anemone)
  • Kniphofia ‘Green Jade’ (Red Hot Poker)
  • Fuchsia Magellanica Alba
  • Bergenia ‘Silberlicht’
  • Rodgersia Sambucifolia
  • Claytonia Siberica

(Due to planned seasonal planting changes - not all of these plants may be present during your visit)

Pavilion at Slessor Gardens Dundee

(The wooden construction of the Pavilion contrasts with the steelwork of the emerging railway station seen in the background)

Planting at the Pavilion

(Planting underway by Gardenscape)

Slessor Garden Pavilion

(fallen logs re-used for wall construction)

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