Rather than tear down a derelict post office in London’s East Finchley, architect Lucy Tauber transformed it into a beautiful artisanal bakery. As with all great adaptive reuse projects, the Margot Craft Bakery marries existing architectural elements with new contemporary interventions. The mostly glazed shopfront bathes the interior in natural light and lets passersby watch bakers at work.
Small but eye-catching, the renovated post office-turned-bakery makes the most of its compact shopfront with a minimal design and restrained materials palette. Bespoke industrial-inspired elements, including blockwork, steel, and ribbed glass give the space a geometric feel, while beautiful hand-made cement floor tiles painted with colorful patterns soften the interior and evoke a 1920’s Parisian patisserie feel. Reclaimed teak counters add a touch of warmth to the space and also double as the perfect backdrop for Instagram photos.
“In the end I think we found the essence of Margot’s creative identity and used it sparingly. We managed to say a lot with very few words so the baking itself could do the talking,” writes Tauber. Margot Craft Bakery’s mostly transparent facade puts its baked goods and bakers in display of the street. The facade is painted a dusty blue that contrasts with the emerald green brick pillars located on either side.