Food Theater Cafe
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Architect Daniel Libeskind
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Location London, England   map
Date 2001   timeline
Building Type cafe restaurant park folly
 Construction System aluminum metal frame and metal cladding
Climate temperate
Context urban park
Style Deconstructivist Modern
Notes A sculptural experience, a functional folly, at the Serpentine Gallery.


Photo, exterior overview

Photo, interior, main cafe space

Photo, exterior view through "archway"


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Discussion Food Theater Cafe Commentary

At the Food Theater Cafe, a characteristically deconstructivist jumbled, angular composition results in a delightful sculptural folly, in which one can sip and eat. There is no fully enclosed space, but a delighful smorgasborg of continuously variable degrees of enclosure. As one circumnavigates the structure, its bold slivery silhouette changes convolving at an amazing rate, presenting new shapes almost with every step.

As for the practicalities of this sturdy but movable building, the cafe keeps a sign ready to hand for rainy days, with words to the effect that they're 'closed due to inclement weather'. But no worries — rain or shine, this building radiates life.

— KM

Sources on Food Theater Cafe

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Food Theater Cafe


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