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Crystal Palace Park Cafe in London
South London Park Building, England – design by Chris Dyson Architects LLP
Updated 11 Nov 2019 + 3 Feb 2016
Crystal Palace Park Cafe Building
Location: south London, UK
Design: Chris Dyson Architects LLP
Chris Dyson Architects has completed Crystal Palace Park Cafe in south London’s Grade I-listed park. The distinctive two-storey building comprises a café and terrace at ground level, and a community space at first floor level.
Wrapped in half-round cedar shingles, the design references the scaled skin of the Grade I-listed dinosaur sculptures at the opposite end of the lake.
Funded by the Mayor of London, the café forms part of a package of improvement and conservation works proposed for the wider park.
Income generated by the new café will be used to fund improvements throughout the park, including the ongoing conservation of the iconic dinosaur sculptures and geological illustrations within the park.
The new building’s orientation is perpendicular to the park’s central axis, located at a key point that allows, for the first time, an accessible-for-all connection between the central axis and the lakeside path. Additional pathways and planting help frame the building and terrace in the surrounding landscape, with deciduous trees chosen to invoke a strong autumnal colour and provide a visual connection to the existing trees of the park.
Green Light For New Cafe Overlooking Crystal Palace Park’s Dinosaur Court
The London Borough of Bromley (Bromley Council) has recently received planning permission for a 2 storey café building designed by Chris Dyson Architects. The project is funded by the Mayor of London and Bromley Council.
The pitched roof building is clad externally in half round shingles in a playful reference to the scaled skin of the Grade 1 listed dinosaur models at the other end of the lake, creating a connection between the new building and the dinosaur models which were sculpted in 1852. The shingles will cover both the walls and the roof. In a further reference to the skin of the dinosaurs this will make the building appear as a single entity.
The building will provide a park level café with 60 covers and a 50 cover terrace, and an event space and covered terrace at first floor level. The first floor terrace is connected via a bridge to the lakeside path, improving the building’s connectivity with the lake and providing a second point of access to the building.
The café is designed to have four active façades, reflecting its setting within the park. Large amounts of glazing on the ground and first floors provide expansive views of the dinosaur models across the lake and panoramic views of the park. The first floor covered terrace is open on three sides. There is an open fire at the north end of both the ground and first floor rooms to encourage use of the café during the winter. Carefully chosen areas of glazing maximise views over the park from within the café at ground level and over the lake from within the events space at first floor.
A chimney stack in black brick adds a vertical element to the central axis end of the café, bringing warmth and a human scale to the building and acting as a landmark within the park, assisting wayfinding. The ground floor of the café will be stone and the first floor will be timber.
The new building is situated in a similar location to the old cafe that it will replace, close to the Penge entrance. Its orientation has been shifted to be perpendicular to the park’s central axis, and the ground levels have been re-worked so that it can act as part of a new universally accessible route between the central axis and the lakeside path that leads to the grade 1 listed dinosaur models, which were built at same time that the Crystal Palace (now extant) was moved to Sydneham after the great exhibition of 1851.
Stone and gravel bonded terrace and paths, and two trees will be planted which frame the view of the building and ground the terrace in the surrounding landscape. The trees selected are deciduous and have strong autumn colour which will provide a visual connection to the existing trees by the lake and dinosaurs.
The café design is part of a package of improvements and conservation works proposed for the wider park. The approved design is a 2 storey building that provides a park level café and terrace and an event space at first floor level. The new café business will support the ongoing conservation of the unique dinosaur models and geological illustrations.
Crystal Palace Park Cafe – Building Information
Architects: Chris Dyson Architects LLP
Landscape architects: Kinnear Landscape Architects
Structural Engineers: The Morton Partnership
Quantity Surveyors: Cinns LTD
M&E engineers: NLG Associates
Dinosaur interpretation: Objectif
Business Planner: Counterculture LLP
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Location: Crystal Palace, London, UK
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