Nebula - London City Island

  • Prize
    Winner in Interior Design Cocktail Bar
  • Company/Firm
    Common Ground Workshop
  • Lead Designer
    Mark Sciberras
  • Other Designer(s)
    Carine Chin, Juan Baldoni, Jack Pannell
  • Architect
    Common Ground Workshop
  • Interior Designer
    Common Ground Workshop
  • Hospitality
    Nebula Bar
  • Construction Company
    Maybank Construction
  • Photo Credit
    Nick Dearden (Building Narratives)
  • Location
    London City Island
  • Project Date
  • Developer

Nebula is a new hybrid cocktail bar and restaurant, located at the gateway to London City Island, UK.

The proposal has transformed a former restaurant and grocery space to offer a newly refurbished community-focused hub with an emphasis on exceptional hospitality, combined with flexible and casual café, retail and workspace facilities and a newly refurbished external terrace adjacent to the River Lea.

The brief called for an overhaul to an existing bar, restaurant and retail space that was lacking cohesiveness, spatial connectivity and an overall identity, to provide a destination for the local community of London City Island. To create an efficient, cost effective and sustainable approach the scheme retains key existing services and infrastructure, and the new interior design proposal weaves around the existing building shell, providing a datum of timber linings, shelving and custom joinery set between existing concrete, curtain walling, brick and plasterboard surfaces. The design hinges on the use of timber surfaces in a variety of ways to provide for a custom bar, a bespoke restaurant screen, a curved bar and retail /display shelving, and a fluted timber wall lining.

London-based architectural studio harnessing creative energy through evolving collaborations that put clients, end users and communities at the heart of every project.
We strive to create a bespoke experience for every new project and our goal is to develop lasting networks between communities, local professionals and a broad range of industry leaders to drive maximum value into our work. Our studio was established in 2014 and is situated within a dynamic hybridized workspace, art’s and retail unit based at ‘Common E2’.