Jamie Fobert Architects was commissioned by Bespoke cake-makers Konditor & Cook to develop a café, shop, and specialist kitchen in St. Mary Axe, London.
The space is accessible within a double-height ground floor space in Norman Foster’s Gherkin.
Since the floor could not support a mezzanine, the firm was challenged to come up with a solution to establish the kitchen within the shop. That being the case, they opted to suspend a new kitchen level from the ceiling.
Such solution helps create an airy and day-lit work environment for the skilled cake makers which can be considered as rare qualities for a commercial kitchen.
The base of the mezzanine displays a striking and sculpted steel ceiling to the café level below. The design actually blends well with the geometry of its context.