Serpentine Coffee House, Hyde Park
Mizzi Studio were thrilled to have been awarded the prestigious commission to create a new landmark café and a family of kiosks across ten sites within London’s Royal Parks.
The Serpentine Coffee House, opening on the Serpentine Bridge in Hyde Park in spring 2019, will have views towards the Serpentine Lake. The building’s form is defined by a dramatic, undulating brass canopy, which takes the curve of the Serpentine Lake as a point of departure in its design. The form is evocative of the sweeping motion of a stingray’s flight, while the tactile quality of the underbelly of the canopy echoes the reptilian texture of a snake. Reaching its climactic point while hovering above the entrance, the canopy is suggestive of a stingray’s smile as it welcomes park visitors into the pavilion below.
We have also drawn inspiration from Japanese architecture. For the roof, we have translated the characteristics of a pagoda into a more fluid form, while the windows traditionally seen in Japanese tea houses have influenced the series of horizontal mullions that divide the glazing in the pavilion. The mullions create a semi-transparent open space where the boundary between indoors and outdoors is blurred, enabling the building to coexist harmoniously with its environment.
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