Inn The Park is a contemporary British cafe set in St. James Park, arguably the jewel of London’s Royal Parks. With such a beautiful and historic setting, Hopkins Architects set out to create a modern building that worked with the original intentions of Nash’s 1828 design.
Inn The Park works in a series of layers. The teardrop shape of the building is taken from the intersection of Nash’s sweeping paths with the South colonnade following the curve of the lakeside path and completed by taking the Horse Guards Parade path as the rear of the building. The grassed roof runs from the park up to the roof terrace so that from The Mall (the avenue leading to Buckingham Palace) the building is perceived as a piece of landscape.
The building makes extensive use of timber internally and externallym as a key contribution to the ecological aims of the design. PEFC certified Austrian larch was chosen for use externally due to its long life span andbeacuse it can be used without coating. Its warm eye catching colour helps create an instantly visible building. Internally, the timber has been sealed with very environmentally friendly organic tung (China) oil. The wood floors are Junckers red oak oiled with modified soya oil. The use of timber as the primary structure and envelope of the building was a choice that required significant innovation, with absolute precision needed for stainless steel flitching and laminating the coloums.
English Oak was the obvious choice for Hopkins Architects’ design for the new Visitors’ Centre at Norwich Cathedral. Whitmore’s Timber supplied this high grade material to the joinery contractors, enabling them to meet the architects’ specification for this new building within an old buildings shell.
English Oak – Gold Award Winner of The Wood Awards 2004.
And the carved Gold Award Trophy in English Oak supplied by Whitmore’s and presented to the Dean of Norwich Cathedral.
For over a century, Whitmore’s has witnessed the weird and wonderful use of our timber, and we never cease to be amazed at your ingenuity. Some in spectacular style, some in solid tradition, others in pure simplicity and splendid sculpture.
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