Completion Date: April 2009 Owner: Toraya Program: A new building for the Japanese pastry maker Toraya, which has occupied the site for approximately 500 years. The structure—housing a café, a gallery, offices, and the pastry workshop—is connected by a central garden to a small storage house from the Edo Period, for a total of 12,000 square feet. Design concept and solution: The architects wanted the café and garden-side terrace to feel like one big indoor-outdoor space, open and relaxing. They united the café and terrace with a gently sloping ceiling of narrow wood ribs, which extends into an awning over the
Using a process of renovation through subtraction, the New York—based firm Lynch / Eisinger / Design (L/E/D) created a multitenant commercial building in part by taking away pieces of an old industrial complex.
Completion Date: October 2009 Owner: Scottish Widows Program: A mixed-use revitalization of three buildings on a London block, anchored by two office buildings for the investment firm Scottish Widows. At 58,534 square feet, the New Bond Street office consists of five stories added to existing street-level retail space. The five-story St George Street office contributes another 62,926 square feet. Sandwiched between the offices, on Maddox Street, is a luxury residential building with ground-floor retail space; Eric Parry Architects refurbished the 18 apartments above. The development also includes a central courtyard shared by the three buildings. Design concept and solution: Retaining
A two-story, 144,217-square-foot retail grocery store, with a café, a community room, offices, staff facilities, underground parking, a warehouse, and a full commercial kitchen serving this store and Berkeley Bowl's Oregon Street location.
A one-story, 9,688-square-foot sales pavilion for a Hefei condo developer, in which sales spaces—from reception and exhibition to contract signing and administration—are interspersed with themed courtyards featuring bamboo, flowers, water, or camphor trees.
A 26,910-square-foot brand showcase for the Spanish bathroom-fixture company, with offices and a garden at the basement level, a museum of the brand on the ground floor, a showroom on the first floor, and an event space on the second floor.