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

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.

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