We love urban rehabilitation projects, and this one in Liverpool is especially inspiring. The zig-zagging Constellation Bar is an outdoor venue located on a former industrial site that has been converted into a creative quarter known as the Baltic Triangle. A large waffle-like canopy made from green oak shelters along with a cast-concrete bar and wooden stools establishes a large space for parties and events. The canopy, created by furniture designer Hugh Miller and his brother, architect Howard Miller, was conceived and built in under three months.
Inspired by the site and the gabled rooflines of the neighboring warehouses, the designers developed a concept based on triangular elements. The canopy runs along an existing brick warehouse and is held in place by 10 A-frame supports. Its underside was constructed as a lattice made of tessellating triangles that cast delicate shadows onto the bar area. Thanks to its alternating form, the canopy creates different atmospheres along its length, while its regular pattern unifies the space and establishes a coherent whole.
10 A-frame supports known as “quadrapods” hold the canopy in place and frame three sections. The first two accommodate the bar, while the third can house a DJ booth. The main load is supported by laminated timber beams which create a form that enables rainwater drainage.
Accompanying furniture comprises a series of stools, benches and tables constructed from green oak. These can be assembled to form larger furniture pieces. Recycled builders’ bags were used as large planters.
Photos by Robert Homles