Sheppard Robson designs ‘kite-like’ pavilion next to Spitalfields Market, London

29th January 2019

In both scale and use of materials, the 100m2 , metal-clad 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 pavilion helps animate the new public space that is part of the transformation of the urban block.

Dan Burr, Partner at Sheppard Robson, said: “The pavilion is positioned on a prominent corner as you emerge from the narrow ‘Dickensian’ character of Artillery Lane, creating a sharp accent for this small but significant pocket of London.

“The pavilion was designed to draw people from the tight-knit surrounding streets towards a new courtyard that links back to Brushfield Street and Spitalfields.”

The interior for the 40-cover café, with room for 30 more covers outside, takes its cue from the simple form of the pavilion, 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.

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.