Tiny yet spacious: inside Hangzhou patisserie N2

Hangzhou’s new N2 patisserie by YPYC architects has been featured by Dezeen for its pairing of pastel pink and white surfaces with glass bricks, enhanced its spaciousness.

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The tiny 40sqm venue is obscured from the street by the glass brick wall, that also serves to filter and diffuse the direct sunlight.

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“The project is located in a small, quiet street about 100 metres from one of the busiest streets in Hangzhou, and about 300 metres to the West Lake,” said founding partner Yan Zhang.

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“The facade of the patisserie is facing south but the view is not quite nice, some local stores were across the street from the patisserie, so we decided to design a translucent interface which blurs the direct view across the street but keeps the sunlight,” he continued.

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Opposite the store front and behind a prominent, curved pink terrazzo counter, a grid of square lights sits flush with the wall.

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The obscure pink glow from the acrylic becomes a very interesting element in the space,” they said.

“We wanted to create a very intimate and tender eating experience.”

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