I’ve always had a strange love for scaffolding, so I am particularly delighted to see the beautiful temporary restaurant by London based architects Carmondy Groarke. The restaurant reflects its location, within a live construction site, by borrowing materials from the construction team, which also makes its impermanent nature very apparent. It was constructed in a short 3 weeks using 2000 scaffolding boards and 3500 scaffolding poles, reclaimed timber and was covered in recyclable industrial grade heat retractable polyethylene.
The result of this hired/borrowed construction is an inspiring 800 sqm dining space where you can enjoy delicious food served up by the people from East London favourite Bistroteque. The space is kept minimal and toned down, increasing the dramatic effect of its industrial look and rough materials. And at 35m high it has a spectacular view of the happenings on the Olympic construction sites and the surrounding area. At night it is illuminated from inside, becoming a glowing beacon on the evolving skyline.
It is only open until 4 July, so hurry up to be one of the lucky 2000 that will have the pleasure of savoring the tasty food and interesting structure of one of London’s most spectacular Pop-Ups to date.
(Photos by Luke Hayes)