Tuesday01 September 2015

Nex triumphs in Cadogan Café competition

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Winning design features roof garden and glass wall

Nex has won a prestigious competition to design a new £2 million cafe at the Duke of York Square in west London.

The practice, based in central London, beat five other shortlisted schemes including projects by Carmody Groarke, Duggan Morris Architects, Architecture :00/, Pernilla Ohrstedt & Sarah Price Landscapes and TaylorSnell.

Its winning design is in the shape of an organic coiled form, featuring a roof garden and a glass wall that rises and falls depending on the weather.

Hugh Seaborn, chief executive at the Cadogan Estate, said the jury was “won over” by the proposal.

“We think it will intrigue passers-by and become a mini-landmark on the King’s Road,” he added.

Nex will now work with engineers AKT II, Equals Cost Consultants, Atelier 10, DHA Design and the Enterprise Collective to develop the design ahead of submitting a planning application.

Alan Dempsey, director at Nex, said: “After thorough analysis, we were convinced that the best approach was an architecture which resonated with the architectural heritage of the site, while providing a contemporary space that has flexibility for year round use.”

The competition was organised by Malcolm Reading Associates.

Who is Nex?

London-based Nex was founded in 2008 by Alan Dempsey. It currently employs 8 people.

Recent project experience includes the refurbishment and extension of a grade I-listed retail centre in Dublin, pavilions in the public realm in London and Singapore, a rolling fit-out programme for the Architectural Association and private residential projects in the UK and Ireland.

Dempsey is currently a director of the Independents’ Group at the Architectural Association, a global network of industry and academic partners researching the use of computational design and fabrication of new prototypes for the built environment.

Dempsey previously worked at Future Systems and was selected to represent the UK at the Beijing Architecture Biennale in 2008.

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Readers' comments (4)

  • Nasty overtones of the lapsed "Chelsea Drugstore" with lots of technology to go wrong/suffer from lack of servicing!!!! Very contrived and lacking substance? How does all that herringbone cladding "stuff" reconcile itself on the shaped pillars?? Issue neatly avoided in the sketches : as usual!!! The ghost of Seifert past???

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  • zecks_marquise

    Keith, the computers will solve it. They know everything

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  • Had more faith in the Cadogan Estate's taste than this. Its the least tasteful proposal (apart from TaylorSnells abomination). Either Nex submitted a much lower fee, or they just confused them with their technobabble bullshit. It's disgusting and dated. Pernilla Ohrstedt was most subtle and stylish without a doubt. Barring that then they should have at least gone for Carmody or Duggan.

    It will struggle through planning too, hopefully. Such a let down

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  • Carmody was my favourite

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