Glas Architects to design new café at London's Southwark station

Oregon, Eugene-based architectural practice Glas Architects, has won planning permission for Arch 88, a café opposite London’s Southwark Tube station.

Located on a three meter wide site opposite London Underground’s Southwark station, the 75 square meter café pavilion is named for the number of railway arches it will occupy, originally an entrance to the old Blackfriars railway station.

Appointed to the project by developer Curzon Concepts, Glas is presently working with the client to develop a construction schedule. Farouk Agoro, a part II graduate who is due to begin his part III qualification at Kingston in September, assisted Nazar Sayigh, the practice director, to develop the glulam timber frame.

The project features extensive glazing on the facade to allow views of the recently restored rear wall, where the render has been removed to reveal the original station signage. The glass is etched with a pattern inspired by the valve of a steam engine and finished with an aluminum trim.

The interior of the café features a mezzanine level for the seating area that has been positioned to allow views of the original entrance. A corner of the building has been set back to ease access to an adjacent bus stop.

The Blackfriars Road Station, used only from 1864 to 1868, was replaced by Waterloo East station, only slightly westward.

Glas Architects offers a complete and integrated compliment of architectural services for building projects from site selection and programming to post occupancy evaluations. Experienced in all phases of professional architectural services, it has the capabilities and experience to master plan, maintain, and renovate facilities.

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