A spiral cafe with a rooftop garden in Chelsea, London, by architecture studio NEX has curved windows that can retract fully when the weather is good.

The windows of the the Cadogan Cafe can retreat into the ground, allowing the dining area to to spill out into the surrounding square.


Cadogan Cafe的窗戶可以向後退入地面,使用餐區灑到周圍的廣場上。

Wrapped in a slender arcade of 15-centimetre-thick concrete panels, the cafe is located on Duke of York Square, next to the Saatchi Gallery on King’s Road.

The retractable, curved glazing elements use a chain system similar to a sash window to lower the windows into a basement channel.



These windows sit partially lowered to form a glazed balustrade around the interior, or can sit completely flush with the ground level of the square.

Echoing a section of a Grade II-listed wall from a a military building that used to occupy the site, Cadogan Cafe’s spiral form was created using a bespoke steel frame.


Cadogan Cafe的螺旋形建築是從一棟曾經佔據該地點的軍事建築中呼應的,被列入二級保護牆的一部分截斷,並採用了定制的鋼製框架。

Engineers at AKT II design a frame for NEX that didn’t need any horizontal mullions.

AKT II的工程師為NEX設計了不需要任何水平豎框的框架。

The off-white walls curl in on itself to create a concrete core, mirroring the arcaded form of the outer wall and housing a lift.


Ash wood slats line the ceiling of Cadogan Cafe to emphasising its spiral form, and curved seating booths allude to the arched forms of the structure.

At the outermost end of the spiral a staircase leads up to a roof garden above the restaurant, which is accessible to the public independent of the spaces below.

Cadogan Cafe的天花板上鋪滿了白蠟木板條,以強調其螺旋形,彎曲的座位亭暗示了該結構的拱形形式。


“This garden is a generous ‘gift’ to the neighbourhood where people can sit or spend time among the canopies of surrounding trees, raised up from the bustle of the busy square and road below,” said the studio.

Large planters are embedded in the protruding core of the spiral as well as around its edges.



Timber decking and seating along with external lighting make a welcoming space during the day or night.

NEX Architecture was founded in 2009 by Alan Dempsey, and the practice was chosen to design the Cadogan Café after winning a competition in 2012 organised by Malcom Reading Consultant.


NEX Architecture由艾倫·登普西(Alan Dempsey)於2009年創立,在2012年贏得Malcom Reading Consultant舉辦的競賽后,該實踐被選為CadoganCafé的設計者。

Previous projects by the firm include a timber pavilion for the 2011 Chelsea Flower Show inspired by the structure of a leaf.


Project credits:

Client: Cadogan Estates
Architect: Nex
Landscape Architect: Bradley Hole Schoenach BHSLA
Project manager: Capital and Provincial
Cost consultant: Equals Consulting, TTPP
Structural engineer: AKTII
MEP engineer: E&M Tecnica
Lighting: DHA Design
Planning consultant: Gerald Eve
Principal designer: Nex
Contractors: Westgreen


景觀設計師:Bradley Hole Schoenach BHSLA
成本顧問:Equals Consulting,TTPP
環境保護部工程師:E&M Tecnica



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