London’s Silo restaurant has a zero-waste ethos and interiors

Industrial interiors get a clean-up

Nina+Co has brought minimalist, eco-design to east London’s Silo, a new zero-waste restaurant housed in a former factory building.

Silo is located in the city’s Hackney Wick neighbourhood. It has a stripped-back industrial interior with whitewashed brick walls, black steel beams, large warehouse-style windows and a dining bar facing an open kitchen.

Headed by chef Douglas McMaster, Silo creates zero food waste and uses a closed-loop food production system. Creative studio Nina+Co has followed its ethos, creating an interior that is ‘composed from waste or thoughtfully sourced, natural materials, that will either biodegrade or easily disassemble for repurposing in the future.’

Diners are greeted at a host stand made from timber off-cuts and sit on fully compostable cocktail lounge furniture made from Mycelium. Bespoke wall lights formed from recyclable crushed glass illuminate the space, while netted sheep’s wool insulates its ceiling. The cork tile flooring meanwhile was chosen for its carbon-negative footprint.

Photography: Sam A Harris

Dishes such as grilled fantail squid and white kimchi and Douglas fir are served at the London restaurant, which is in The White Building – an old cocoa roasting factory turned art space by the River Lea.

The White Building 1st Floor, Unit 7 c/o CRATE Bar, Queen’s Yard, Hackney Wick, London E9 5EN

Photography: Sam A Harris
Photography: Sam A Harris

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