Sweet Architecture | A Home Built on Top of a Bakery

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VIN ROSE has been cooking up sweets and pastries for locals since 1977. The well-established shop, located in the suburban neighborhood of Katsutadai (Chiba) just East of Tokyo, was especially well known for their apple pie. But after 35 years of doing business, the owners decided it was time for change. They hired architect Yuko Nagayama (previously) to create a modern, enticing space that accommodate their growing family as well as maintain their presence as neighborhood pâtissier.

VIN ROSE, now nestled in-between a massive condo building and a clinic, reopened its doors late last year. The first floor is the bakery and kitchen while the 2nd and 3rd floors encompass living quarters for the owners and their 2 kids. Defining the structure is the open space that’s been carved out above the bakery, creating the illusion that the home above is hovering over the bakery. It also serves the purpose allowing natural light to spill into the bakery. But for a real treat, head there in the evening hours when the space looks like a treasure box that’s been opened and goodies are flowing out.

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source: architechturephoto | Yuko Nagayama

1 Comment

  1. That is gorgeous! What a creative live/work space. This is the type of architecture that adds substantial character to a neighborhood.

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