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Brief Published: 10 Sep 2012

Morag Myerscough’s Movement Café, London


Using little more than the bare bones of an industrial work site, British artist-designer Morag Myerscough created a temporary café and performance space to add gloss to an under-construction pocket of Greenwich, south-east London.

Completed in just 16 days to coincide with the opening of the London 2012 Olympic games in July, the initiative is part of an urban regeneration project in collaboration with London-based property developers, Cathedral Group. The project was keen to ensure that Greenwich (one of the key areas for the Olympics) looked its very best during the Games.  

Relatively humble materials such as scaffolding and shipping containers deliver a minimal industrial aesthetic, while an array of bright colours used in large typographic panels and makeshift furniture have been conceived to further advertise the space’s positive new lease of life.

Proving that great things can come from small ideas, the café’s design was apparently inspired by a tweet by British writer Lemn Sissay – the official poet of the London 2012 Olympics – whose poem Shipping Good also graces the wooden hoarding that wraps around the site.

Carrying the project’s legacy beyond the temporary installation, the poem will be permanently set into the road that will eventually cut through the site once construction is completed later this year. 

Myerscough specialises in exhibitions and installations in public spaces. 

The Movement Cafe

Cathedral Group 

Morag Myerscough

Lemn Sissay