How does it feel to be inside of a croissant?
▼面包店街景，street view of the bakery ©Carolina Lacaz
The lightness of the product became the starting point of the project: a croissant store. The given site is a, 3 meters wide by 5 meters long, old garage in a one-story house. The initial challenge was to solve circulation between the kitchen area, at the back of the house, and the store, which consists in a long countertop that embraces all coffee equipment. Between the store and the kitchen there is a 90-centimeter difference in the floor level. The store is at street level while de kitchen lies higher.
▼面包店概览，overview of the project ©Carolina Lacaz
This difference became an opportunity to structure the project’s composition. The countertop is aligned with the door’s threshold, defining a layer respect by all the project’s elements and materials. Just like in a croissant, the project is organized in these layers. And just as seen in a perfect croissant section, the bricks that embrace this first layer are full of holes. Surprisingly the construction process was quite similar as the work done in pastry. The construction workers themselves brought the idea: filling each brick hole with cement using an improvised icing nozzle.
interior view of the bakery, the bricks are full of holes ©Carolina Lacaz
▼面包店柜台，the countertop of the bakery ©Carolina Lacaz
▼室内局部，partial interior view ©Carolina Lacaz
▼室内墙面和地面，the interior wall surface and the floor ©Carolina Lacaz
▼墙面和台阶细节，砖块上的小孔隙由水泥填充，wall and stairs details, filling each brick hole with cement ©Carolina Lacaz
the ceiling is covered by cardboard tubes and some of them indirectly light up the salon ©Carolina Lacaz
▼黄铜管充当水龙头的洗手池，the brass pipe serves as the faucet to a sink ©Carolina Lacaz
To carry on with the intended lightness, the ceiling is covered by cardboard tubes. Some of them indirectly light up the salon. Between the tube’s intersection, light as the water that flows through it, a brass pipe comes down from the ceiling to a sink destined to the client’s buttery hands. At last, but not least, other brass details evoke the golden color of the croissant, while the bricks and cardboard evoke its warmth when freshly brought out of the oven.
▼纸板筒天花板及黄铜细节，the ceiling covered by cardboard tubes and brass details ©Carolina Lacaz
The store opens itself to the street and the countertop is also used to display the products. A long bench stretches itself from one end to the other inviting those who desire to enter this atmosphere to stop for a few minutes and appreciate the delights of the chef and also architect, Luisa.
distant night view of the bakery that opens itself to the street ©Carolina Lacaz
close-up night view of the bakery, a long bench stretches itself from one end to the other ©Carolina Lacaz
▼平面布置图，layout plan ©Dezembro Arquitetos
▼立面图，elevation ©Dezembro Arquitetos
▼纵向剖面图，longitudinal section ©Dezembro Arquitetos
▼横向剖面图，transversal section ©Dezembro Arquitetos
Project name: Mintchi Croissant
Architecture office: Dezembro Arquitetos
Project year: 2019
Project construction: 2019
Location: Rua Simão Álvares, 114 – Pinheiros, São Paulo – SP
Photographs: Carolina Lacaz
Architects in charge: Marcos Bresser, Thiago Maurelio
Client: Mintchi Croissant
Engineering / Construction: Marcio Monteiro, Allan Nagliati (M² arquitetura)
Foreman: Adilson Souza
Collaborators: Luisa Garbarino