Camelot at Cockfosters by Råk-Arkitektur

Camelot at Cockfosters by Råk-Arkitektur

Swedish studio Råk-Arkitektur have won a competition to design a cultural centre for a north London site believed to have once been the legendary realm of King Arthur.

Camelot at Cockfosters by Råk-Arkitektur

The proposals comprise a 36-metre-high mirrored and faceted building, intended to resemble the stone that the king is said to have pulled a sword from in the 5th Century.

Camelot at Cockfosters by Råk-Arkitektur

Evidence that the site could be the historical location for Camelot includes archeological findings of thick stone walls, a huge drawbridge and a subterranean dungeon.

Camelot at Cockfosters by Råk-Arkitektur

A skylight will be positioned atop the structure, which will form a pointed glass shard on the ceiling inside.

Camelot at Cockfosters by Råk-Arkitektur

By night, lighting directed through this hole will create a bright line across the sky above Trent Park.

Camelot at Cockfosters by Råk-Arkitektur

It is hoped that the centre will serve as a meeting place for different faiths, as well as a venue for theatre or music.

Camelot at Cockfosters by Råk-Arkitektur

The competition was organised by the Organization for Mythological Protection and Promotion, who are working to deliver the project.

Here's some more text from Råk-Arkitektur:


With Trent Park being once the home of King Arthur and Camelot we drew inspiration for this project from the story of him drawing the sword Excalibur from a stone.

The 36 meter high stone shaped structure will have a surface that reflects its woodland environment, creating a less imposing structure whilst rendering the inside with an impressive airy void.

A 7m glass structure in the shape of a swords tip will let in light from outside and during the night a light will beam from the hole, illuminating the night sky, becoming a beacon for Trent park.

With the sites rich historical and mythological past we suggest that the future for Trent Park and this site will hold a multi faith meeting place and cultural centre. With London being known for its religious diversity we want this place to act as a spiritual sanctuary were people of all faiths and beliefs are welcomed alike. The building will also be able to host events such as theatre, opera and other cultural happenings.