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London’s Movement Café is a Pop-Up Eatery Made From Recycled Shipping Containers by Greenwich Park

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On September 13, 2012 @ 1:00 am In Architecture,Cargotecture,carousel showcase,Design,Gallery,Green Building,London | 1 Comment

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With less than a month to go before the Olympics started, property developers The Cathedral Group asked Myerscough [2] to design a cafe for the corner of a vacant industrial lot. Located directly next to the Greenwich DLR station, the cafe was meant to serve as a point of welcome for spectators coming to Greenwich, offering a little respite as well as food and drink. With just 16 days to complete the task, Myerscough brought on a building team led by Danny Elphick to construct the cafe. Shipping containers serve as the basis of the cafe, and they can be locked up at night to keep the restaurant essentials safe. Reusable scaffolding and shade structures were erected around them to create a pleasant cafe atmosphere.

While construction commenced Myerscough worked with the official Olympic poet, Lemn Sissay [3], to paint a poem he wrote about Greenwich [4] on the exterior wall. The words atop the cafe are from one of his morning tweets. Brightly colored geometric designs were painted on the wall and the cafe to attract passersby. Then artist Luke Morgan [5] of Supergroup [6] created the custom furniture and cushions for the seating area using water-resistant material recycled from kites. The MVMNT Café [7] is run by the local non-profit organization Greenwich Co-Operative Development Agency [8]. They are still serving up organic, fair-trade, locally-sourced foods and drinks to customers, and profits going to help disadvantaged communities across London. The temporary cafe will be open until December.

+ MVMNT Café [9]

Images ©MVMNT Cafe

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[2] The Cathedral Group asked Myerscough: http://www.cathedralgroup.com/

[3] Lemn Sissay: http://www.lemnsissay.com/

[4] poem he wrote about Greenwich: http://blog.lemnsissay.com/2012/08/17/new-landmark-poem-in-greenwich/

[5] Luke Morgan: http://supergrouplondon.co.uk/index.php/luke/

[6] Supergroup: http://www.supergrouplondon.co.uk/

[7] MVMNT Café: http://www.facebook.com/MVMNTCafe

[8] Greenwich Co-Operative Development Agency: http://www.gcda.org.uk/

[9] + MVMNT Café: http://www.themovementgreenwich.com/mvmnt-cafe/

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