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British newcomer wins contest for Canadian winter restaurant


OS31 has won an open ideas competition for a pop-up restaurant on a frozen river in Canada

The emerging UK practice defeated a raft of unnamed rival outfits to win the scheme which will be constructed during the RAW:almond 2015 festival in Winnipeg, Manitoba in January.

The cross-shaped plan was inspired by the site where two rivers join – according to the architect – while the structure itself references the repetitive rhythm of a nearby bridge.

In a statement, the studio said: ‘The design creates an expressive frame that floats across the ice like a frozen jetty, whilst providing a dining experience that is clear from structure.

‘The exterior and interior are expressed as separate forms, one enclosed inside the other. The skin that defines the interior space is more sculptural like drifts of snow.’

 According to the judges: ‘The jury found the design proposal by OS31 exceeded the expectations with regards to design, feasibility and response to the design brief.

The statement continued: ‘We look forward to further developing the design and having the team join us on the river.’

OS31 was set up by architect Tony Broomhead and specialises in lightweight, adaptable structures.

The restaurant will open to the public on 22 January.


Readers' comments (3)

  • 'whilst providing a dining experience that is clear from structure.'
    Looks like a jolly COLD experience!
    Quite nice as a piece of 3 dimensional geometry (which is all we are currently shown).

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  • more a church than a restaurant?

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  • Uncanny resemblance to Carmody Groake's Studio East Dining

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