Architectural Studio of Work – Aholic, popularly known as ASWA architects, led by architects Phuttipan Aswakool and Chotiros Techamongklapiwat, has designed a tiny 30m² cafe called the Giant Bakes Cafe in Bangkok’s Ari district. The neighbourhood is home to residential properties and hipster cafes and retail. The founders of “Giant Bakes” originally sold their products through an online store but with growing popularity decided to establish a physical cafe in the backyard of their home. At this cafe, sited within a garden setting, they serve freshly-made coffee, patisserie and boulangerie items.
Sitting on a tiny piece of land, the inspiration for the cafe came from the metaphor of cream on top of the cake – with the roof inspired by spreading the chocolate cream over a cake. The top of the structure features a brown asphaltic shingle roof that is curved and blends in with the surrounding landscape. The concept for this project was translated into a design with a curved roof which forms a distorted gable section between the front and back elevations.
The interior space maximises space to provide variation in the dining experience with such distinct spaces as window seating at the front, a long counter bar and kitchen area, where the patissiers work, sits in the centre of the structure, while the service area, storage, and restroom are located at the back.
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Photos: Phuttipan Aswakool