george street


2009

london

retail, delicatessen and cafe
refurbishment


delicatessen and cafe,
a prototype for a new specialist food chain in London's Marylebone

delicatessen and cafe inspire from the domestic spaces

This small prototype for a new specialist food chain in London's Marylebone has an informal almost domestic scale which reflects the food freshly prepared on site.


Concept

internal plan variations

The layout is compact but open, allowing the three key activities - cafe, store, kitchen - to overlap efficiently.

Various studies of circulation, preparation, seating and daylighting were distilled into one primary form, a wrap-around storage screen, to simplify the construction time and cost.

The open layout creates a strong connection with the street.

concept diagram of the key activities


BEFORE

the dark room prior to works

Natural daylight is maximised to convey a bright and informal simplicity.

AFTER

open layout enveloped in rustic tones, natural materials and maximized daylight


section diagram expressing the fluid connection of the different areas and their respective activities


BEFORE

low ceiling and dark spaces prior to the new fit-out Secondary walls and ceilings are stripped out, maximising proportions and simplifying the services.

Acoustic panels to the ceiling absorb noise to create a comfortable environment, as well as providing fire protection.

AFTER

delicatessen with marble floor and concrete strip at the top of the wall


section diagram showing areas and activities



detail of blue shelf


Credits

Graphic Design - NVRdesign
Worktops - Salix Stainless Steel Fabrications