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Whale Cafe

Museum of Zoology, Cambridge, CB2

Appointed by the University of Cambridge’s Estate Management following a successful design competition, Ralph + Smith designed the new Whale Café housed within the David Attenborough’s building- The Museum of Zoology.

Our proposal incorporated recycled and upcycled furniture pieces with an industrial nod, including partnering with sustainable manufacturers, which was integral to the brief.

The furniture was required to accommodate café dining, student connectivity and interactive child and family friendly seating pods, overlooking the magnificent 21m long skeleton of the Fin whale.

We carefully selected products suitable for this public space, whilst including practical and tactile finishes with pops of colour.

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