photos by Satoshi Shigeta courtesy Tadokoro Sekkei
Set off of a busy street in Shibuya’s Daikanyama neighborhood is a stunning combination of wood and stone that breaks up the urban landscape with quiet tranquility. Carved into one of the large, granite stepping stones are the words Dolce Takubo, which is the name of this patisserie that serves some of the most delectable desserts.
Dolce Takubo is actually a spinoff from Michelin-starred restaurant Tacubo, which is just a 2-minute walk away. What makes them unique is not just their stunning, minimalistic interiors but that fact that they encourage their patrons to reserve their financier cakes and puddings in advance. That way the desserts are prepared just in time for pick-up and can be enjoyed at home as if they had just come out of a kitchen.
The store was designed by architect Yuki Tadokoro, who rearranged the pre-existing retail structure so that the small backyard turned into the entrance. The minimal usage of wooden frame and stone creates an elegant space that could easily be an art gallery.