Special mention and 'highly commended' at the National Churches Trust Presidents' Award 2015
The parish of St. James & St. Basil in Fenham decided that in order to accommodate a growing need a hospitality kitchen and café was to become part of the main space of this beautiful Arts & Crafts church. When not in use, the design becomes a discreet piece of furniture that respects, reflects and compliments the interior of the church whilst not denying a contemporary origin. Folding doors cover the entire front of the kitchen and wall units. The partitioning of these doors reflects the five-pronged stone feature of the alcove in which it sits. The doors are made of walnut and lined with textile which takes its colours from the curtain behind the altar and from the ceiling of the church. When in use it creates an inviting environment with modern appliances that enables the church to serve hot drinks and food on a casual basis. The kitchen was built by furniture maker Nick James.
Photography by Jill Tate