Cannelle Cake Shop

The design orders an entire façade around
the dimensions of a single cake, ensuring
that the cake is located rather than lost in
space: an expanse of acid-etched glass
framing a clear glass cube. A simple seam
marks the junction between the stone slabs
of the pavement and the sections of glass.
At a distance the composition reads as a
square within a square. Closer inspection
reveals that the smaller square is set within
a vertical panel of glass whose effect is to
trace the dimensions of the square across
the full-height of the façade. During the
day sunlight filters into the interior; at night,
lit from inside, the façade becomes
a light-box.

In partnership with Claudio Silvestrin

Ian Dobbie