My assistant managed to research this curiosity of architecture in North Nottinghamshire along the A1. Originally a petrol station, then little Chef restaurant this building was abandoned for years before Starbucks recently renovated the exterior and interior to create a wonderful modernity that accentuates the parabola roof. Inside the restaurant smells of sauna wood and expresso giving a new interpretation to “new”.
The original architects Sam Scorer of Lincoln and Kalman Hajnal-Kónyi of Hungary in 1959-60 created a still modern and brave design that is so lacking both then and now in our everyday world.
The roof itself was used by skateboarders and daredevils in its abandoned years and the structure remains intact despite being just 75mm thick. This is comparatively thinner than an egg shell. Although the materials used in construction are concrete and steel.
“During a period when the architectural standardisation of petrol stations was occurring because of product recognition, Scorer and Hajnal-Konyi’s example is unique by virtue of its technical innovation and individual design” Karolina Szynalska.
The building itself was originally a mix of design and cost effective engineering that could have heralded a beginning in beautiful and economical design, a mix of fashion and function as it were. Take a visit, you could do worse on a grey February afternoon !