Charm of Being Hidden

3 05 2011

By Jun Lee

I happened to go to a charming cafe, the Music Room, in Lancaster during Easter. The amusing quality of the coffee and the space of the square were magnificent.

The characteristics of the square are more or less of Camillo Sitte’s findings of pre-Modern squares: well-secluded by buildings; not interrupted by roads etc. However, surely, the experience of discovering unexpected place was the most amusing part of the place for me.

When we were going through the small parking space (1 on map), we could only see narrow back alley (2 on map) and we were not sure where we were going to, then we saw a glimpse of open space on our right-hand side, where some people were having outside. That was Sun square with a cafe and a restaurant at the corner. It is still linked to the ‘pedestrianized’ high street, through a type of mews gate (3 on map); however that route is not spatially inviting to outsiders so that you may ‘discover’ it. (or, sorry for spoiling your fun, readers)




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26 05 2011
Matter of Taste? « NCL Urban Design Blog

[…] which aims to ‘upgrade’ public spaces in the Lancaster city centre and I learned that the Sun Square is part of the public spaces to be ‘rejuvenated’ in the proposal. It could be said, probably, […]

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