Café Walls Rise And Fall Depending On The Weather

Café Walls Rise And Fall Depending On The Weather

Cadogan Café opens and closes its glazed, glass walls in response to outdoor conditions.

Alice Chan
  • 21 december 2012

Design firm, NEX Architecture, won an international competition to build a unique retractable café located in the U.K.

Commissioned by the Cadogan Estate, the competition looked for a design team to create an exceptional and innovative new café for Duke of York Square — at the very heart of one of London’s most upscale neighborhoods.


The winning team’s design — an organic coiled form — features a roof terrace and incorporates an ingenious glass wall that rises and falls depending on the weather. The 980 square-feet café was inspired by the adjacent front façade of the Duke of York headquarters and will consist of two floors. On the ground level, glazed walls can be fully retracted to allow free-flowing movement of people and air, inside and outside during warm weather. At roof level, the café will offer an outdoor patio for people to sit on for high-level views of the square and its surroundings.

Hugh Seaborn, Chief Executive of the Cadogan Estate said of the design:

The Jury was won over by NEX’s design, which combines functionality with a sense of elegant self-containment – their building will be sleek as well as inventive and fun. We think it will intrigue passers-by and become a mini-landmark on the King’s Road. We look forward to working with the team as they develop their design for planning.

Check out the gallery below for more concept photos of the Cadogan Café.


NEX Architecture


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