Westminster planners have approved Mizzi Studio’s designs for a new café with a sweeping stingray-inspired roof to be built in Hyde Park opposite the Serpentine Gallery
The London-based studio was commissioned by café chain Colicci to create the café, along with nine other new free-standing coffee kiosks, to replace ageing facilities in Hyde Park, Green Park and St James’s Park.
The Serpentine café, which is set to open in December, is located close to Zaha Hadid’s Serpentine Sackler Gallery, and features a distinctive powdered brass and glass-reinforced plastic roof form ‘inspired by both the lake itself and a stingray’s flight’.
The kiosks have been designed as a family of individual structures which share common design language including ’tree-like’ canopies.
Seven of these structures will be clad in ‘steam-bent’ English oak timber and two will be covered in sculpted tubular brass.
The new café will be opposite the Serpentine Pavilion, which this year has been designed by Mexican architect Frida Escobedo.
Mizzi Studio says the kiosk will give the appearance of a giant golden cape being pulled through the air over the entire structure.
Director Jonathan Mizzi said: ‘It is an honour to have been entrusted with such a high-profile project of this size and scale. The kiosks form an important part of The Royal Parks’ heritage by serving the public with refreshments and acting as local information points.
‘The design challenge was to create a family of functional sculptures with a goal to continuously surprise and delight while further enhancing the visitor’s experience. This is an important milestone for the studio and is central to our commitment to innovative sustainable design for the public realm.’
Work on the new kiosk will start in September with construction expected to take three months.
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