RAW:almond is the first ever outdoor fine dining restaurant on a frozen body of water. Situated in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada this outdoor winter event has seen two very successful years. For RAW:almond 2015 the organisers held an international open competition for architects, designers and artists which OS31 won.
The design creates an expressive frame that floats across the ice like a frozen jetty, whilst providing a dining experience that is clear from structure. The plan is made up of two clashing geometries inspired by the joining of the rivers. This grounds it in the context and defines dining, kitchen and entrance spaces The exterior and interior are expressed as separate forms, one enclosed inside the other. The structure references the bridge with its repetitive rhythms. The skin that defines the interior space is more sculptural like drifts of snow. The space is lit by hanging luminaires specifically developed through a series of prototypes. The polished steel cylinders are the only reference to the external steel structure. They provide down light onto the tables and the perforations scatter spots of light onto the folded surfaces.