The warehouse of an old cotton textile factory outside the Chinese capital has been refurbished to harbor the main office and the retail concept store of a historical pastry brand.
In allusion to their baking-industry uses, the brick buildings were thought of as ‘molds’ for new volumes, which fill the voids and contrast with the complex through the soft texture of the bush-hammered concrete.
The succession of company showrooms, offices, and store space has been enriched with skylights and openings in which the concrete sometimes protrudes outward to mark new entrances into the sheds.
Lao Ding Feng Headquarters
Beijing Lao Ding Feng Food
Neri & Hu Design and Research Office / Lyndon Neri, Rossana Hu (partners); Zhao Lei (associate); Ivy Feng, Tian Hua, Wenbo Da, Joy Han, Mingxuan Wei, Nicolas Fardet, July Huang, Lyuqitiao Wang (team)
Design Republic (furniture, fixtures and equipment); Questing Building Beijing Technology (local design institute); Linea Light (lighting)
Beijing Jianyan Urban Renewal Engineering Technology