Luminary Bakery

Bakery

London

2019
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Luminary Bakery is a social enterprise designed to offer opportunities for women to build a future for themselves, using baking as a tool to take women on a journey to employability and entrepreneurship. Opened in October 2019, the Camden HQ is the second site for Luminary Bakery. It was primarily designed to offer a welcoming space for disadvantaged women, but the Camden site offers much more - it’s the home away from home for each new trainee and strikes a dynamic balance between charity and commerce. Set in an old bagel shop on Chalk Farm Road, the programmatic requirements and the elongated site were married to create a natural flow and neatly provided three sections - cafe, bakery and cookery school. We encouraged lines of sight between the cafe and bakery to enhance the connection between craft and to symbolise the importance of local produce. The domestic scale of upper floors of the cafe provided the staff and trainees with the warmth and intimacy necessary for the counselling rooms, office spaces and classrooms. We collaborated closely with the founders of the Luminary Bakery to design a modern yet approachable space echoing the ethos of the charity and enhancing the qualities of the original Stoke Newington site: a combination of grey/green painted dado lines, old reclaimed church pews, black and white checker-board tiles grace the cafe, whilst the design for the cookery school gives a subtle nod to the Great British Bake Off - stainless steel bake off sections, white painted brickwork and baskets of ivy hand from the original wooden beams. We aimed to create an informal canvas for the that would allow organic growth and be enriched over time by each trainee, customer and member of the Luminary family. Photography by Adam Firman

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