Friends of mine at Path Design have recently completed the Bishopsgate Kitchen, a great new tapas bar near London’s Liverpool Street.

The food is fantastic and the space feels great. Reclaimed timber and a lack of synthetic finishes give the scheme an atmosphere that many new projects lack. Often newness make for a sterile, too obviously designed experience. That coupled with no-one taking control and owning a space means many projects never achieve that magic lived in quality we all look for in buildings.

This space has a relaxed and open ended feel. You feel things are left to chance, for future development and experimentation. It strikes me that tapas might be a good analogy for building design. The endless combination and re-combination of ingredients and dishes. That’s pretty much how we make use of our spaces in real life.

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