Say Architects took what would normally be considered disadvantages and used them as a connecting thread to a concept that has turned Angelot Patisserie into a popular shop.
Awkward Building Location Becomes Focal Point At Angelot
What do you do with a building that once had a third of its storefront hidden by a ventilation shaft? Oh, it gets better. The interior had what could only be described as “an unpleasant view” of the rear of the building and a front entrance that was set back from the street.
Designers Say Architects took what would normally be considered disadvantages and used them as a connecting thread to a concept that has turned Angelot Patisserie into a popular shop.
Located in Hangzhou, China, Angelot got an angelic makeover that has transformed the 150-square metre business into a must-see showcase. The ventilation shaft was hidden with a curved wall clad in custom white tiles. It acts as a means to funnel foot traffic off the street, around a corner and into the pastry shop from and entrance to the left.
Two small display windows in the curved wall are lined with marble and act as “frames” to showcase cakes. The visual attracts passers-by with ease.
Inside the shop, you pass a reception area and then into the main dining room. To create a bit of drama from the transition of being outside and finally indoors, the ceiling was dropped through the curved wall corridor.
The dining room features upholstered benches, bentwood chairs, cane seats and a total of four lemon trees. As for the “unpleasant view” of the back of the building, it is now hidden behind sheer curtains on floor-to-ceiling windows.
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