Redeveloped railway station gets Nordic design treatment
London-based architectural practice, TheHouseWith, has designed the Oslo project. Completed in 2013, the new restaurant and bar, a former railways station draws on a Nordic aesthetic and marks a significant new arrival in the burgeoning area of Hackney Central, on Amhurst Road, London, England.
Originally built by North London Railway Company as a railway station in 1870, the two-storey building was later used as a ticket office during World War II. The character of the building provided the designers with a great starting point with grand high ceilings, exposed original brickwork and impressive Victorian arched windows. The Name, ‘Oslo’, also lent itself to this beautiful piece of London architecture and reinventing the building with a life and character unusual and artistic enough to suit its local community of creative minds.
For Oslo Hackney, TheHouseWith looked upon the theatrical nostalgia of Norwegian folklore. A ‘fairy tale of oceans, forests and mythical creatures’. This would be a subtle yet intriguing backdrop to a venue providing the latest in food, drink and music.
According to the architect: “The interior design details as seen in these images are a taste of the entire picture. We thrive on the craftsmanship of simple materials, raw edges and nostalgic previous use.
Moving away from the conventional trends of factory industrial we use the laying of raw oak slabs, delicate reeded glass and the softness of large velvet curtains and flowing linen shades to give a sense of faded grandeur – true to the buildings era.”
The opening of Oslo was postponed due to the decision by Hackney Council to undertake urgent demolition work on nearby buildings following the partial collapse of a basement wall at a Victorian Terrace in November 2013.
The contemporary restaurant and bar, which officially opened in January 2014, offers food and drink alongside a music programme.
Chef Dave Ahern, formerly of House of Wolf, has created a menu around the idea of presenting familiar flavours in unfamiliar combinations. A Scandinavian theme runs throughout (the seafood platter to share includes crayfish, Scandinavian fish sausages, picked cucumber, potato and caper salad) with re-worked versions of East End classics like Pie and Mash with parsley liquor also on the menu.
George Akins, Oslo’s owner, said: “It’s great to be making an impact in East London. I’m looking forward to introducing Oslo as a place where good music, fantastic food and inventive drink menus come together to provide a great culinary, social and cultural experience.”
Oslo, 1A Amhurst Road, Hackney, London, E8 1LL, England, oslohackney.com
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