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Strathmore Bakery & Cafe

Tragedy struck a family business of 57 years in February of 2003 when a young arsonist started a fire in an adjacent shed, destroying their shop and bakery. The client wanted to restart their bakery but also create a new highly visible and expanded business. The brief was to create a new shop, which would include a new café business beside their bakery. These would both inhabit an open plan space with an inviting feel, that blurred the lines between interior and street, bakery and cafe. To achieve this the adjacent shop was included into the site, using the interior form of the old buildings with raking interior rooflines, while creating distinct areas within them. The old façade is renewed by the use of contrasting natural materials (rusting mild steel and aluminium), and the addition of a five-metre post-form creates an eye-catching business that claims its corner. The commercial bakery and café kitchens were relocated and the space now flows from bakery, to café to rear kitchen areas with an effortless, yet functional flow.

 
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