Skene Catling de la Pena

Eco Lab (London, 2001)

In 2001, Charlotte Skene Catling conceived of, and became a director of Eco Lab PLC, a holistic organic food, nutrition, and clothing project based on the idea of food as medicine. Eco Lab grew from researching ecological issues; from the local sourcing and production of food, to the distribution and enjoyment of it.

The key aim was to visualise environmental issues and make them seductive and aspirational. The space was an exploration of how all the senses can be addressed through architecture. The interiors use only natural, green and recycled materials, but use lighting, digital printing, surface and smell to create a new aesthetic with an ideology. The ground floor was a cafe and meeting space, while the basement was used for oxygen treatments, juicing, beauty and clothing.