Vicki Lee’s Café and Bakery uses product display as the primary space zoning mechanism. Linear display cases and counters wrap around the side wall of the oddly-shaped space, dividing the rear bakery from the café storefront. A polycarbonate-sheathed wall behind the display area provides privacy for bakery operations while allowing borrowed light to penetrate deep into the workspace.
A single material unifies the design, while components are demarcated through subtle variations in finish. This unifying material is oriented strand board (OSB) – a simple and inexpensive material typically used as underlayment rather than finish material. OSB is used in several different ways to code design elements. Walls and ceilings receive a natural clear coat, floors are whitewashed, and product displays are set behind sanded polycarbonate. The three systems work together to create a layered but unified space.
EmployerMerge Architects (2007)
Project TeamPrincipal-In-Charge: Elizabeth Whittaker
Project Architect: Stephen Zecher
Design Team: Silvia Illia, Andrew Richardson, Paul Voulgaris
ClientVicki Lee Boyajian
CollaboratorsStructural Engineer: Evan Hankin, PE
General Contractor: Rick Testa
Photographer: Chuck Choi