London-based architectural studio Adam Richards Architects designed the ship, which was notified by Venetian bookstore architect James Stirling for a floating cheese-focused restaurant in London.
Permanently moored in Paddington, the barge was ordered by British Land as home Cheese Bar restaurant.
He built a cheese bar Adam Richards Architects after the developer held the competition.
Its design takes signs of the area’s local heritage, surrounding traditional canal boats, and was directly informed by James Stirling’s boat Choose a bookstore pavilion in Venice.
“There was something really nice about designing a boat that was based on a boat-based building,” Adam Richards told Dezeen.
“The barge creates a festive and sophisticated environment, while relying on the legacy of narrow boat design and local social history.”
The restaurant is built in a 20 meter long boat and has a roof deck above it.
Attached to the back of the restaurant is a buoy-like structure with a kitchen, which is connected to the restaurant by an external bridge.
The outside of the barge is characterized by a patinated aluminum-coated roof that wraps around the boat, and refers to blue tarpaulin covers commonly used to hide goods on work canal ships.
Its roof terrace is surrounded by a steel fence that is placed on part of the patinated roof. If necessary, this element can be separated, allowing the ship to pass under bridges and through tunnels.
“We were interested in canal boats, which were usually open barges that used a tarp to protect what was there,” Richards explained. “A green coat is a formalization of a tarp.”
“The zigzag stretches around the roof, which came in part from a building designed by Otto Wagner on the Danube canal, which spoke of the function of the building with an ornament. It is a visual sign of the connection with the waves and water.”
Inside, the industrial look of the ship continues. Interior design studio Raven Collective used light wood with natural finishes combined with recycled plastic and stone over tables and surfaces.
Nautical motifs were used throughout the interior of the Cheese Bar, and the space was decorated with restored ship’s wall lights, ship’s buckles, and nautical table lamps.
Inside the restaurant, the underside of the patinated roof is visible, which gives the interior a warm copper hue.
Glazed panels enclose the restaurant, allowing visitors to look at the canal and towing track, while giving passers-by a view of the interior.
“The fact that it was British produced by real artisans, and designed by some of the best British architects, has attracted our continued efforts to support British industry,” said Cheese Bar founder Matthew Carver.
“We’ve always set out to create fun experiences in restaurants, and what could be more fun than eating the best British cheese on the Grand Union Channel.”
Adam Richards Architects was founded in 2002 and recently completed an education center on the grounds of a 16th-century castle in Kent. Richards modeled his home on the ruins of a Roman villa.
It’s a photo Brotherton Lock.
Architect: Adam Richards Architects
Project architects: Adam Richards, Michael Vale
Project manager: CPC project services
Internal equipment: Raven Collective
Maritime architect: CP Heath Marine
Manufacturer: Darren Gervis, Marine Fabrications
M&E Engineer: CP Heath Marine