Designed for purpose
Location: Bread in common – Fremantle Perth – 43 Pakenham Street Fremantle http://www.breadincommon.com.au/
Bread In Common is both an artisan bakery and restaurant in Fremantle, Perth. I visited the restaurant/bakery recently while attending the HERDSA conference in July. The premise is shared by both businesses with an uninterrupted flow through via the main entry doors between the two areas (bakery and restaurant). The concept behind the design layout is that whilst the bakery and restaurant share different trading hours, they share “bread in common”.
The premise is a renovated warehouse whose warehouse structure has been retained and restored to conserve its heritage and communicate a sense of simplicity with high ceilings, exposed brick and low hanging low-voltage industrial lights which provide a sense of intimacy. Large wide windows at the front of the restaurant let in muted natural light.
Rules and energy
Entry is via two main doors from the footpath where lemon trees and a pergola with a passion fruit vine serve dual purposes as a screened entry and also provide some produce for the kitchen. I noticed one of the cooks picking lemons from one of the trees at the front as I dined inside. Entry via either front door leads to the bakery or the restaurant.
The “greet and seat area” is near the counter and register which the bakery and restaurant share. Diners are guided to seating on long wooden communal dining tables while bakery customers remain at the front counter and make their purchases.
Restaurant fit out
Large wide counter tops serve dual purposes as storage for the artisan ingredients which are used in the preparation of the meals and a partition which separates diners from the kitchen. However, the kitchen and bakery areas are open to the view of diners and adds to the simple, rustic feel of an open plan dining experience.
To the rear of the restaurant large logs are stacked ready for use in the fireplace.
The spaciousness of the warehouse means that although the premise may be fully booked, there is not a sense of crowding and walking between tables and to the rear of the warehouse is easy as the communal tables form a natural, straight grid pattern compared with round tables which would have cramped the space and taken away from the simple rustic atmosphere of meals created with simple, fresh local produce in a building rich in Fremantle history.
A wine bar to the rear which lines the wall also means that there isn’t a crowd at the front counter to get drinks.
Interior decoration – Elements with a purpose
From the wide boarded wooden floors, long wooden rectory style tables, wooden counter tops, large glass storage jars, industrial style low-voltage lighting and exposed brick walls, each element contributed to the either function (storage, partition, seating) or atmosphere of the restored warehouse bakery/restaurant. The newer fixtures such as the lights and the kitchen area with appliances were chosen also to complement the warehouse theme embedded in steel and brick.
If the designers had chosen modern furniture, or bright lighting the interior would have been stark. instead they have fused old brick and timber with newer elements such as steel retaining an old world feel. Even the menu which is generous and made up of grains and pulses and fresh produce and spices contributes to the feel of a bakery and restaurant which has at its heart “bread in common”.