NEX Architecture has finally unveiled the latest images of its long-awaited £2 million café for Duke of York Square in London’s King’s Road
The studio saw off Architecture 00, Carmody Groarke, Duggan Morris, TaylorSnell and Pernilla Ohrstedt to win the Malcolm Reading-organised competition three years ago.
The all-new designs by the London-based practice are expected to go on public display next week ahead of the submission of a planning applicationlater this year.
Originally clad in tiles (see below), the revised scheme now features a off-white, pre-cast concrete exposed structure. The pavilion includes a circular roof terrace and ’an innovative lowering glass façade’ which drops into the basement below opening up the ground floor onto the square.
Alan Dempsey, director at Nex Architecture, said: ‘Our approach ensures that the new café resonates with the architectural heritage of the site, while providing a contemporary space that has flexibility for year round use.
‘It provides a new perspective on the square for watching the world go by, while at the same time providing shelter.
’When the glass facade is lowered during warm weather, it will feel as one with surrounding area, merging holistically with the existing space to create a large al fresco seating area.’
Nex’s original 2012 design for the pavilion in Cadogan Square