Canada’s coolest culinary experience

Elle Decoration – British architectural practice OS31 is to design a pop-up restaurant on a frozen river in Canada.

The temporary venue – a collaboration between architecture and design gallery Raw and restaurateurs Deer + Almond – will be located at the frozen-over junction of the Assiniboine and Red rivers in Winnipeg, Manitoba, accessible via a specially built footpath. Open during the city’s coldest period, when temperatures sink to freezing, Raw:Almond will offer a warming, festive atmosphere, with dishes created by guest chefs from the local area.

Led by Tony Broomhead, new Sheffield-based practice OS31 – which specialises in lightweight, adaptable architecture – has designed a structure that is sturdy enough to withstand the winter cold yet maintains a subtle and stylish look. The building’s form fits conceptually with the site, with its X-shaped layout inspired by the joining of the rivers. The interplay between indoor and outdoor spaces is carefully considered, as Broomhead explains.

‘The exterior and interior are expressed as separate forms, one enclosed inside the other,’ he says. ‘The [black] structure references the bridge with its repetitive rhythms. The skin that defines the interior space is more sculptural, like drifts of snow.’

Charlotte Brook
Elle Decoration
December 2014/January 2015