Pick-up-and-go no more: this Brazilian bakery is a local hospitality hotspot
Restoring and extending an old house in Belém, Livre Arquitetura plant colourful roots for DomNato Padaria.
Going to the bakery doesn’t need much more incentive than the tasty options in store for you once you arrive, but that doesn’t mean that operators aren’t well aware of the benefit in creating an enticing space to help boost foot traffic. That’s been pretty clear from the hospitality-oriented interiors dedicated to glutinous goodness we’ve seen in recent years – prime examples include a colourful patisserie in Hong Kong, theatre-like bakery in Shenzhen and sculptural café in Bogotá. Now introducing: DomNato Padaria, a bakery café in the Brazilian city of Belém.
It helps that DomNato is impossible to miss from the roadside. Designed by local practice Livre Arquitetura, the spot is distinguished by two contrasting architectural forms, one a stark white traditional structure and the other a contemporary bright-orange box extension. It’s inside the latter that a confectionery, bakery and kitchen are located, while the white building – an old home – hosts the dining area.
Combining restoration and a new build, the project – spanning 240 sq-m – gave the architects an opportunity to play with materials and finishes to define the functional zones. Situated at the entrance of the shop, the all-orange confectionery is framed by a glass wall, giving greater visibility into the craft. Design objects throughout the spoke have been custom-created to suit DomNato’s brand identity, including tiled mosaic benches which, reflecting a map pattern refer to the group’s stores. The display furniture and hanging garden elements are also bespoke, and the eye-catching bathroom is covered in continuous ceramic tiling.
Belém being a gateway to the Amazon, Livre wanted to play up the area’s natural foliage. The team worked with landscape designers Carpe Diem in Garden to introduce large, leafy plants native to the regional environment and implement a garden for the kitchen to source produce from for baked goods.