Matryoshka Garden Bar

Binom Architects, Hay-on-Wye , 2014


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A popup tapas bar at the Hay Festival in Wales

The Garden Bar was designed from the outset to be easily demountable and highly portable garden environment in which to experience a range of delicious tapas.

Built around an innovative construction system that uses no glue and no screws, the main components of the bar can be reduced down to a number of easily–transportable boxes that nest together like matryoshka dolls to take up the minimum amount of space.

Comprising of a series of 370mm x 370mm red and translucent plastic display panels, together with panels of metal mesh, the bar, storage, seating and display areas are assembled using special plastic clip connectors and cable ties.

The simple, modular kit is used to build an intriguing set piece, bringing aromatic herbs and feature lighting into the dining space


  • Begun: May 2014
  • Completed: May 2014
  • Floor area: 210m2
  • Sector: Retail
  • Total cost: £40,000
  • Tender date: Apr 2014
  • Procurement: Design and Built contract
  • Address: Hay Festival Site, Dairy Meadows , Brecon Road , Hay-on-Wye , HR3 5PJ, , United Kingdom

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