Union North started the Panamerican bar and restaurant project by investing the colourful history of the Albert Dock which we felt had been suppressed by the unsympathetic refurbishment of the 1980’s. In particular we were interested in the various containers and storage techniques that had been used historically to store precious commodities. From this initial research emerged strong ideas that lead us to regard the scheme primarily as a series of crate-like furniture pieces stacked into the existing warehouse space. While the exteriors of the seating units would be constructed using durable materials with a vaguely industrial aesthetic, the interiors, in contrast would be plush and luxurious. This principle helped us to determine every aspect of the scheme and allowed us to achieve impact and distinction without compromising with the existing building fabric.