A bakery cafe, resembling squares seen in Europe, features bold red brick tiles, geometric tables and seating units, rounded walls and colorful pergolas on the roof in Seoul, South Korea.
The project, named Parconido Bakery Cafe, located in Goyang-si, northern Gyeonggi-do, was designed by architecture practice sukchulmok.
The cafe combines many layers inside with basic shapes, colors, volumes and artistic elements, aiming to capture the environment of the client who has lived in Italy for a long time.
The studio aimed to create a space where basic materials and simple shapes are blended together. The cafe presents a consistent space in which the space, furniture, and lighting are designed to form a unified atmosphere.
The studio specifically intended to arrange a space that could resemble the user.
“However, we wanted to give it an identity as an homage and not a copy, but also we wanted it not to be intuitive,” said sukchulmok.
“The beginning of this the cafe was the sight of a square where people were huddled together talking on a sunny day between red brick buildings and stone pillars.”
The studio said that “piled (in many layers) and stuck one by one.”
Columns that surge everywhere and rounded walls are the main features of the space in the open air, while the rounded walls wrapping the interiors. Although the walls and columns have different shapes, they all have a radius of 600 millimeters.
According to the studio, “the space created through this rule acts as an excellent reference point to complete a sense of unity without it being monotonous.” The walls were built by stacking clay bricks without holes.
The bricks were also cut off by two-thirds of the thickness and were coated like skin on an iron frame to relieve the load.
The studio also designed and manufactured furnitures in perfect circles that were appropriately blended into the space in various forms. For example, concrete castings, combination with wood, and overlapping circular pipes dominate the space.
They also highlight round spaces without standing out themselves.
The floors, walls, and ceiling of the room were clad in travertine limestone, suited for the fountains in squares of Europe. The material was applied by cutting into pieces of 1.5 millimeters by 1.5 millimeters.
The angles in the indoor space are rolled in round shapes so that the boundary of each side becomes faint and gives an illusion that it expands – the round corner also have a radius of 600 millimeters. The space even makes the subject stand out with a feeling of weightlessness.
According to the studio, it’s a nod in a doze. The mixture of three materials such as red brick, travertine, and wood, creates a warm-toned space. “The visually warm space lowers one’s guard and even gives a calm feeling,” said the studio.
“The symbol of the place depicts a baby bird dozing off in a nest. It was built in the hope that visitors would put down their worries in life and enjoy the relaxed mood,” the office added.
The studio describes the project as a nest that “represents the comfortable home provided from the birth of new life until independence.”
Based on this analogy, the space represents the beginning of the brand with the client challenging for a new business.
Parconido Bakery Cafe was completed in 2022 and it is ready to write down its own history in its new home by roasting and baking it’s own products.
The studio hopes that visitors will remember the cafe with beautiful and delicious memories.
The lighting and furniture pieces used in this place were specially designed and manufactured for this space.
Second floor plan
Third floor plan
Roof floor plan
Project name: Parconido Bakery Cafe
Lead Architects: Park hyunhee
Location: Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Gross built area: 630m2
Completion Year: May 28, 2022
All images © Hong Seokgyu.
All drawings © sukchulmok.
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