Mark
Cannelle Cake Shop, London
England, 1987–88
John Pawson and Claudio Silvestri

The design orders an entire façade around the dimensions of a single cake, ensuring that the cake is located rather than lost in space: an expanse of acid-etched glass framing a clear glass cube. A simple seam marks the junction between the stone slabs of the pavement and the sections of glass. At a distance the composition reads as a square within a square. Closer inspection reveals that the smaller square is set within a vertical panel of glass whose effect is to trace the dimensions of the square across the full-height of the façade. During the day sunlight filters into the interior; at night, lit from inside, the façade becomes a light-box. —John Pawson





📷 Ian Dobbie