A French bakery inspired by a Japanese aesthetic. This authentic bakery in Ningbo is run by a local couple whose Japanese bread training brings a refreshing twist to their flavours and products.
Located within an established residential area, this neighbourhood bakery undertook a complete refresh of their interior and façade. The owners, who bake daily onsite, wanted to create a unique space for people to come and hang out while continuing to provide the neighbourhood with a quality product.
Keeping it modern and clean-lined, the façade is simple with light grey plaster, pale green tiles, and minimal white signage, allowing it to stand out from the adjacent local stores. Warm coloured, wooden joinery opens to the street, allowing views straight into the working area of the bakery. The owners love of mid-century furniture and Japanese minimalism guided the design’s simplicity and clean-lined style. This restraint helped us to create a space that was consistent and well-integrated, giving greater focus to the product.
It was important to retain a simple material palette that balanced the hard, distressed elements with softer, warm colour, creating an environment that was inviting and comfortable for people to enjoy. Rich walnut, antiqued brass and distressed concrete walls give a rustic and textured backdrop to the authentic bread products made here.
It was crucial for the client that the bread oven and product was visible from the customer space. hcreates opened the middle of the space to allow views down and into the production areas with counter and seating along the sides. One of the challenges involving the bread oven was being able to move it in and out, without having to break down any of the fit-out. To address this within the narrow shop space, hcreates made the kitchen wall, shelving, and front of house display counters, all easily removable. The product display required each item to be laid out in a row, this made for a long display counter which we placed at the end of the space allowing visibility from the street.
One of the unique existing features was the double-height space. This allowed for impactful design over the counter and an uplifting entry experience. Large folding windows at the front open the façade and connect to the small front terrace creating seating on either side. The existing mezzanine was reconfigured to extend the seating, creating a cosy nook for customers to people watch from above or enjoy a quiet corner. Using the height, hcreates opened more windows in the façade allowing light to filter in, creating an atmosphere filled with beautiful, natural light.
项目信息 / Project information
Project name 项目名称: 有盐
Design Firm 设计公司: hcreates
Lead Designer 主设计师: Hannah Churchill
Size in sqm 面积: 132 sqm
Location 位置: Ningbo
Completion year 完成年份: 2020
Photography 摄影师: Graeme Kennedy
关于事务所 / COMPANY PROFILE
hcreates is an interior design and consulting studio based in Shanghai, designing projects across China and increasingly across Asia since 2010. The practice works with like-minded clients to achieve spaces that are designed to enhance one’s environment and leave people feeling stimulated and inspired. Well-known in Shanghai for creating contemporary restaurants and bars, hcreates continues to develop a significant portfolio of office and health and wellness spaces too. Its design philosophy comes from an ingrained sense of kiwi ingenuity, innovation and practicality. Design should be simple, fun and clever.
The firm is honored to have been included in the AD100 by Architectural Digest China and featured in local and international magazines such as Interior Design, Residence and many more.
创始人介绍 / Founder Introduction
Hannah Churchill is an interior designer with a passion for all things creative, hailing from the South Island of New Zealand. After working at one of New Zealand’s top architecture firms, Hannah moved to Shanghai in 2009 to broaden her horizons and began working on her own independent projects, founding hcreates in 2010. Since then, wherever she travels, different cultures and communities expand and influence her design ideas. With a decade of design experience in China, Hannah has crafted more than 100 spaces with an impressive collection of Restaurants and Bars. Hannah continues to expand her portfolio in workspace design and lifestyle spaces with gyms, yoga studios and medical practices.