Gails Artisan Bakery, Neo Bankside, London Interior Project, English Design Images

Gails Artisan Bakery

Neo Bankside Cafe and Shop Interior in Southwark, South London – design by Holland Harvey Architects

14 Oct 2015

GAIL’s Artisan Bakery in Southwark

Design: Holland Harvey Architects

Ultra-modern meets handmade charm in Holland Harvey’s design for artisan bakery in Neo Bankside

East London design practice Holland Harvey Architects has unveiled a new work and retail space for GAIL’s Artisan Bakery situated in the RIBA Stirling Prize nominated Neo Bankside on London’s Southbank.

Gails Artisan Bakery

Opposite the iconic Tate Modern, the Neo Bankside development, designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, houses 217 luxury apartments across four buildings, collectively identifiable by their angular shapes, geometric lines, bold colours and external bracing.

Gails Artisan Bakery

When designing the 195 square metre internal space, the team at Holland Harvey – led by directors Jonathan Harvey and Richard Holland, alongside lead designer Emma Salter – wanted to reflect the distinct style of Neo Bankside while staying true to the handmade, artisanal nature of the bakery.

Gails Artisan Bakery

With three external glazed walls, a lot of the internal space is also visible from outside, including the working bakery. The prime aim of the design was to allow people to see the kitchen in action, while showcasing its baked goods and providing an attractive, welcoming environment for customers to sit and eat.

One of the immediately noticeable characteristics of the space is the use of triangular shapes. From a bespoke ceiling grid that forms 100 triangles constructed from steel nodes and tulipwood struts to hand cut Welsh slate cladding on the floor that wraps up onto the counter to draw people’s eyes to the baked produce, the shapes throughout emulate the angular geometry of the property’s plan.

The use of lighting helps to show off the breads, cakes and pastries further, as well as softens the graphic nature of the space and industrial colour palette. The inclusion of a green wall, peppered with plants, breaks up the geometrical design further and fuses the internal and external space, mirroring the attractive landscaped gardens in the courtyard visible from inside the bakery.

Special consideration was also given to how the tables and seating, which cater for 74 customers, were situated in the bakery. “As well as being a high quality, neighbourhood bakery, the unit is a place where people can meet and socialise,” explains Emma Salter, designer at Holland Harvey. “We designed a long wooden oak table to seat 20 people which runs through the centre of the bakery, encouraging people to come together and make the experience of enjoying the food and drink a communal one.” This table is supplemented with a combination of two, three and four seater tables. A bespoke designed banquette underneath the green wall also creates additional, informal seating.

The project commenced in March 2015 and completed in September 2015. BB Contracts was the main contractor on the project, Jigsaw Joinery carried out the carpentry work and the bespoke ceiling was made by Weber Industries.

Gails Artisan Bakery

Photography © Ståle Eriksen

Gails Artisan Bakery in Neo Bankside, London images / information from Holland Harvey Architects

Website: GAIL’s Artisan Bakery

Location: Hopton Street, Bankside, London, UK

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