Studio East by Carmody Groarke

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Studio East Dining by Carmody Groarke

A temporary retaurant by London firm Carmody Groarke has opened on the roof of a construction site overlooking the 2012 Olympic Park.

Studio East Dining by Carmody Groarke

The structure is made of scaffolding and boards borrowed from the construction site, covered in recyclable plastic sheeting.

Studio East Dining by Carmody Groarke

Located on top of the 35 metre-high Westfield Stratford City development, the pavilion is called Studio East and houses Studio East Dining by Bistrotheque.

Studio East Dining by Carmody Groarke

It remains in place until 4 July. More information in our earlier story.

Studio East Dining by Carmody Groarke

Photographs are by Luke Hayes.

Here's some further information from the architects:


From 16 June 2010, for a 3 week period, just 2000 guests will get to visit Carmody Groarke's striking pop-up pavilion as it hosts Studio East Dining by Bistrotheque.

Studio East Dining by Carmody Groarke

Built within a live construction site, 35m atop Westfield Stratford City development, the pavilion provides the first views across London's Olympic Stadium, and Zaha Hadid's 2012 Aquatics Centre, forming a commanding presence on London's skyline.

Studio East Dining by Carmody Groarke

A fast build with a life span of just 3 weeks, the primary structure, weighing 70 tons, is constructed from hired materials borrowed from the existing construction site, including: 2000 scaffolding boards, 3500 scaffolding poles, and reclaimed timber, used to create the walls and floors of the 800 square metre dining space.

Studio East Dining by Carmody Groarke

The cladding material which encases the roof, is a semi-translucent membrane, using industrial grade heat retractable polyethylene which is 100% recycled after use; as with the other materials, all will be returned to the site afterwards and recycled without any waste. By night, the whole structure will glow, forming shadows and silhouettes of the events held within, creating a compelling jewel on London's skyline at sunset.

Studio East Dining by Carmody Groarke

"When Westfield approached us to do something on the roof of their still-being-built Stratford City development, we instinctively felt Carmody Groarke would be the obvious people to partner with, and that the structure should be built from everyday materials found around the site, be very design led and to match up to the stunning views, making it truly iconic. This is the Rolls Royce of Pop-Ups." Pablo Flack, Co-Owner, Bistrotheque


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  • Gijs

    Massive, well done exterior, plus a delicate interior (which reminders me of Piano). Surprising materials. Great!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nkgn7-9bCr8 logorithm

    This coulda been one helluva cool pavilion at the Shanghai Expo!

  • Juice Major

    That was quick! I do like it! But I think the food is going to be expensive!

  • kle

    It’s fascinating how the authors take care of every detail of this design !
    Simple and clean and beautifully temporary !

  • http://deleted amsam

    What fantastic inspiring work.

  • felix

    How many of the cuboids are filled with tables? Either this restaurant serves several hundred people or they’re not telling us the whole program. I assume a few will be for a kitchen, entrance, admin etc. but there are 11 volumes.

  • cy

    more than 3 weeks please..