Retail Pavilion, Fruit & Wool Exchange, E1 London, UK
Sheppard Robson designed a new retail pavilion in heart of Spitalfields as part of the Fruit & Wool Exchange development, which will be home to Crispin, a new all day and night café.
The building takes a folded, kite like form and is positioned within a new public space that is part of the wider F&WE project.
In both scale and use of materials, the pavilion is a counterpoint to the external form of the Fruit & Wool Exchange building designed by Bennetts Associates. Along with the retail units at the ground floor of the main building, the retail structure helps animate the new public space that is part of the transformation of the urban block.
The interiors for the 40-cover café, with room for 30 more covers outside, take their cues from the raw, simple form of the building, with the metal structure left exposed. Crispin owners Dominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam worked closely with designers Felix McCormack and Heather Scott on the interiors and furnishings at the new site. The polished concrete floor is in-keeping with the rawness of the pavilion, whilst the café counter and other furniture is made from Cornish ash to offer a softening contrast.
A retail pavilion to the east side of the development was part of Bennetts Associates’ original planning permission for the development. Sheppard Robson was appointed to design the freestanding structure by the developers for the F&WE project Exemplar, with the development now managed by Yard Nine.
- 25,000 m2