Spice Exchange at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Client: Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Site: London, UK (2015)
Trade ideas, stories, recipes and remedies at The Spice Exchange, an extraordinary timber pavilion interlaced with thousands of spice jars. Beneath its unique cantilevered roof, The Spice Exchange houses a spice market and chai bar, exhibition space, garden and library, open-air theatre and participatory story exchange. Commissioned by Kew as the centrepiece hub for their Summer 2015 Spice Festival, this ambitious pavilion will host fortnightly events following the ancient spice trade route from East to West. Each event will visit a different world region, featuring speakers, storytellers, performances, food demonstrations and workshops blending history, mythology, travel and cookery.