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OS31 reveals contest-winning Canadian pop-up restaurant

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Emerging practice OS31 has completed this competition-winning pop-up restaurant on a frozen river in Canada

The Sheffield and London-based practice won the job to build a restaurant for the RAW:Almond outdoor fine-dining festival in Winnipeg, Canada in October last year.

The pop-up restaurant, which was constructed from scaffolding poles and tarpaulin, opened at the end of January.

Its design was inspired by the site where two rivers join while its structure references the repetitive rhythm of a nearby bridge.


The architect’s view

‘The design creates an expressive frame that floats across the ice like a frozen jetty, while providing a dining experience that is clear from its structure.

‘The exterior and interior are expressed as separate forms, one enclosed within the other. The structure references the bridge with its repetitive rhythms. The skin that defines the interior space is more sculptural like drifts of snow.

‘The plan is made up of two clashing geometries inspired by the joining of the rivers. This grounds it in the context and defines dining, kitchen and entrance spaces.’

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