CDA's cafe at Crystal Palace has received a commendation from the AR Future Projects Awards. The cafe design is part of a package of improvement and conservation works proposed for the wider park.
The cafe is clad externally in half round cedar shingles. These have been chosen to respond to the scaled skin of the dinosaur models, creating a connection between the cafe building and the models at the other end of the lake. Carefully chosen areas of glazing maximise views over the park from within the cafe at ground level and over the lake from within the events space at first floor.
The new cafe business will support the ongoing conservation of the unique grade I listed dinosaur sculptures and geological illustrations, and is due to go on site later this year.