Konditor & Cook: A Shop, Café, and Specialist Kitchen within Gherkin’s Double-Height Ground Floor

Jamie Fobert Architects was commissioned by Bespoke cake-makers Konditor & Cook to develop a café, shop, and specialist kitchen in St. Mary Axe, London.

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The space is accessible within a double-height ground floor space in Norman Foster’s Gherkin.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Via Jamie Fobert Architects

Alana Groom

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