Labworth Cafe, Canvey Island

Art Deco Labworth Cafe right on the beach on Canvey Island.



  • Moxette 9y

    Great shot of a wonderful building, DCT!
  • David Thompson 9y

    Thanks Moxette. I've just found out it was designed by Jorn Utzon who also did The Sydney Opera House.
  • Moxette 9y

    That's interesting to know, ta. Very different styles.
  • Mac... 9y

    I walked past there today!

    It was pissing down.
  • David Thompson 9y

    I'm sure it is lovely when the sun is out.
  • David Thompson 9y

    Looks like my information was incorrect. According to the RIBA site, The Labworth was designed by Ove Arup, not Jorn Utzon. Arup's engineering company Ove Arup & Partners worked on the Sydney Opera House.
  • robbie edward evans 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called TAKE A DECO IN THE U.K, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • fotograf1v2 6y

    While I don't find this truly Art Deco, it is never-the-less of the family, so to speak. A rapid 'Google' and I find this line, "Ove Arup was influenced by Charles Edouard Jeanneret (Le Corbusier)" and certainly this is evident here. This styling along with Bauhaus and the Russian Contructivists was born in the early 20th C was, if anything, far more austere and functional than slightly latter-day examples of say 1930's - 1940's Art Deco (al la Hollywood-ish(!), where stylisation and some embellishment seemed to be utilised more. But as I said, they are relatives with a lineage.
  • David Thompson 6y

    I subscribe to the widest possible definition of Art Deco because then I can include as many buildings as I like. :-)
  • bothywill 4y

    if this is the building i think it is, not so far from the Kursal (?) , i played for hours around and under this before the 1953 floods and before the present sea wall.
    it loks even better now.
  • David Thompson 4y

    Sorry I don't know where Kursal is.
  • Mac... 4y

  • David Thompson 4y

    Thanks Mac
  • Ladylitherland 3y

    This is lovely!
  • Steve Fair 3y

    Would you mind adding this to my group - Images of Essex at - I'm trying to collate some pictures that show Essex for what it is. I really liked this one
  • David Thompson 3y

    With pleasure Buster
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Taken in August 2001
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