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Towodesign creates a cheese-like dessert shop in China

China Architecture News - Jun 14, 2019 - 00:38   987 views

Towodesign creates a cheese-like dessert shop in China

Shanghai-based architecture firm Towodesign has created a cheese-like dessert shop at the Ren He Town Mall, Chengdu in China. Named The Dessert Kitchen, the dessert shop is located in the sunken square of a mall, close to its main entrance. From a commercial perspective, it's necessary to give the store a striking visual impression to attract customers, according to the architects. 

A large yellow table extends from the outside eating area to the interior, and even up to the shopfront where the logo is set. The architects are inspired by a movie "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" directed by Tim Burton, the architects witnessed a journey of imagination full of tasty stimulations. 

Towodesign creates a cheese-like dessert shop in China

"Cheese, with its tiny holes and color of yellow, is comparable to the rich and mellow flavor of chocolate," said Towodesign. By choosing this delicacy as the main concept to design "The Dessert Kitchen", Towodesign produced chemical reactions among food, visual impression and emotion, and created a unique space that provides fantasy experiences.

Towodesign creates a cheese-like dessert shop in China

Shopfront: Signboard? Façade? or Show Window?

The dessert shop is located in the sunken square of a mall, close to its main entrance. From a commercial perspective, it's necessary to give the store a striking visual impression to attract customers. A large yellow table extends from the outside eating area to the interior, and even up to the shopfront where the logo is set. 

The surface of the table is characterized by holes, similar to those of cheese. Customers are flowing elements in this area, making the holes variable, sometimes full, sometimes empty. It’s as if SpongeBob was turned into a huge cheese. 

Towodesign creates a cheese-like dessert shop in China

The outside eating area, like a sculpture, has a strong sense of existence, becoming a visual highlight on the underground square of the mall. The openings of the table were designed based on functionality, which also encourage people sitting next to each other to interact and chat. 

Towodesign creates a cheese-like dessert shop in China

Satisfaction not only for the Stomach, but also for Life 

Starting from the fact that people gain life energy from food, Towodesign intended to create a dessert heaven with a church-like interior structure, full of a sense of "ritualism". 

Elements of towering domes of churches were applied to the ceiling, which consists of several vaults in line with the trapezoidal plane of the site. Considering the concealment of the air conditioning vent and creation of a visual hierarchy, the ceiling presents a grid-like appearance, which also strengths the rhythm of curves.

Towodesign creates a cheese-like dessert shop in China

The white grid well matches with the yellow backdrop wall, showing a proper balance between order and affinity. Teatime is like a ritual in life, which can be enjoyed in this imaginative church-like space of peace and sweetness. 

The bar counter also features the elements of cheese, echoing the structural eating area outside. The interior furniture presents round or curved shapes, adding flexibility to the space and enabling the customers to enjoy the feast of visual and gustatory entertainment. 

Towodesign creates a cheese-like dessert shop in China

Towodesign creates a cheese-like dessert shop in China

Towodesign creates a cheese-like dessert shop in China

Towodesign creates a cheese-like dessert shop in China

Towodesign creates a cheese-like dessert shop in China

Towodesign creates a cheese-like dessert shop in China

Towodesign creates a cheese-like dessert shop in China

Towodesign creates a cheese-like dessert shop in China

Towodesign creates a cheese-like dessert shop in China

Towodesign creates a cheese-like dessert shop in China

Towodesign creates a cheese-like dessert shop in China

Towodesign creates a cheese-like dessert shop in China

3D exploded diagram

Towodesign creates a cheese-like dessert shop in China

Plan layout

Project facts

Project name: The Dessert Kitchen

Location: B1, REN HE TOWN MALL, Chengdu, China

Category: dessert store

Area: 69 m2

Design firm: Towodesign

Chief designer: He Mu

Design team: Ren Wei, Sun Meng, Zheng Liyuan

Completion time: November 2018

Main materials: metal, terrazzo, brushed stainless steel

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