the lawn club

As a continued joint venture with Fluid Bars and Allied London, The Lawn Club was the reincarnation of InBloom and Hibernate for the Spring of 2014.  The temporary restaurant / bar was at the same location in the prominent financial district of Spinningfields, Manchester. Although the bar is no longer on site, the present Ivy building took many design cues from the Lawn Club.

spinningfields, manchester

completed: spring 2014

A prefabricated timber frame structure formed the main bar, which was assembled on site. This was clad in a single ply roof and a black UV tolerant breather membrane over the walls. The building is then entirely covered in a mixture of split hazel hurdle fencing panels and 3m tall ivy plants to form green walls. This locally sourced material was selected for its sustainability and is readily available from farms in Somerset. The elegant hand woven finish creates the appearance of a wicker basket, communicating the British outdoors theme. 

The Lawn Club covers the full length of The Lawns at Spinningfields and has been significantly extended from the previous bar, Hibernate. The scheme was split into three sections: the main light and airy indoor bar area;  the central section, 'The Orangery', which can closed off from the elements or open up as an al fresco dining space; and an outside terrace with olive trees under a timber pergola.

An open kitchen was located towards the back of the restaurant, where customers could observe the live cooking environment. There is a retractable roof at the heart of the building, which allowed customers to appreciate the summer sun. Multiple French doors along the southern façade merged The Lawn Club with events such as the weekly open air cinema on the lawns.

The venue’s design was a collaboration between James Darwent Architecture and Soo Wilkinson of Igloo Interior Design. The Lawn Club was designed to recreate the experience of a colonial-inspired pavilion and outdoor garden terrace, but with the added sense of relaxation and cosiness. The restaurant bar has its own innovative design features such as giant swinging wicker chairs, padded tree stump seating, and large open log burners; all contributing to a rustic, al fresco theme. The tables were dressed with fake grass runners and cleverly dotted with daisies. Hanging baskets and fairy lights further enhanced the British themed décor.


Castleton, Hope Valley, Derbyshire (01433) 695560
Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, Manchester (0161) 8813031