Phuoc Thanh

Architect
BrandWorks

T-A SQUARE
Location
Chadstone VIC, Australia | View Map
Project Year
2021
Category
Restaurants
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
PaintDulux Australia
Nirvana Jewel
Gold Pheasant
FlooringForbo Flooring Systems
Surestep Original Terra
BulkheadHouse Of Bamboo
Rattan & Cane Webbing
LightingLakiq
Light Suspension Lamp Industrial Bedroom Ceiling Light with Scalloped Metal Shade
Bar CladdingMarius Aurenti
Micro Concrete
Square White Tiles & Tile GroutNational Tiles

Product Spec Sheet
Paint
Gold Pheasant, Nirvana Jewel by Dulux Australia
Flooring
Surestep Original Terra by Forbo Flooring Systems
Bulkhead
Rattan & Cane Webbing by House Of Bamboo
Lighting
Light Suspension Lamp Industrial Bedroom Ceiling Light with Scalloped Metal Shade by Lakiq
Bar Cladding
Micro Concrete by Marius Aurenti
Square White Tiles & Tile Grout

Phuoc Thanh

BrandWorks as Architects

BrandWorks were engaged by Phuoc Thanh to reimagine the brand and FFE design for their new Chadstone concept store. Working in collaboration with T-A Square Architects, the studio rationalised a new store concept, signage and finishes palette that was a contemporary take on hues and motifs that can be found in traditional bakeries throughout Vietnam.

photo_credit Tania Lee Photography
Tania Lee Photography

Citing inspiration from Vietnamese colonial architecture, Phuoc Thanh draws from silhouettes seen in Old Saigon. Two large timber pillars frame the centre of the tenancy, breaking up the long counter and focusing your eye to the bread display in the back. Warm terracotta hues are contrasted by the vibrant teal that is also reflected in the new branding, also reminiscent of the vibrancy seen on the streets of Vietnam's most famous cities.

photo_credit Tania Lee Photography
Tania Lee Photography

An essential part of the brief was to ensure the design was as honest and authentic as possible. A decision to make the window right where the bread oven allowed the back wall to become open and eye-catching. Customers are able to see fresh bread baked on site strengthening the authentic and artisanal feel. Custom canister style signage anchors the focal points of wayfinding, imperative to tenancies such as these, with one above the window that simply states 'baking now'.

photo_credit Tania Lee Photography
Tania Lee Photography

Project materials

BrandWorks engaged specialty renderers Scanlan & Makers to assist with bringing in some grit to the overall palette. Their skill in rendering the surfaces of the tenancy brings authenticity and honesty to the overall palette. Terracotta breezeblocks also frame the back of the tenancy, drawing you in and creating an eye-catching, insta-worthy focal point for passers-by. The timber used is a mid tone smoked oak hue that juxtaposes the vibrancy of the teal, balancing the bold tones with natural hues. Rattan was used as a nod to natural finishes in an otherwise modern environment. It was specifically placed as cladding near the ceiling to protect it from high traffic areas and to ensure it's longevity.

photo_credit Tania Lee Photography
Tania Lee Photography

The main design constraint that was examined was to create a visual break from the long counter. This was resolved by adopting colonial-style pillars that framed the hero bread display behind. The pillars also worked as a wayfinding mechanism to anchor signage for ordering and picking up, allowing a clear workflow in a busy setting.

photo_credit Tania Lee Photography
Tania Lee Photography

The colours and silhouettes of traditional bakeries throughout Vietnam, as well as referencing all finishes and colours with that of the new brand refresh.

photo_credit Tania Lee Photography
Tania Lee Photography

A custom lattice feature was designed to mimic wrought iron motifs often found in colonial Vietnamese architecture. The lattice was CNC cut from a pattern designed by the branding team. The benefit of having an end to end design offer is that we're able to control a lot of bespoke elements to ensure the interior design not only represents the client vision, but reflects the brand story as a whole as well.

Our clients Alex and Jo stressed that getting the balance right between traditional inspiration and contemporary execution was paramount. By work-shopping directly with them we were able to carefully create a balance that ensured the outcome was refreshing and not too embedded in the past. 

photo_credit Tania Lee Photography
Tania Lee Photography

Team: 

Architects: BrandWorks Studio & T-A Square

Builder: Trust Projects 

Photographer: Tania Lee Photography

photo_credit Tania Lee Photography
Tania Lee Photography

Materials Used:

General wall: Paint, dulux wash and wear, colour: Gold Pheasant

Wall render: Specialty render, Scanlan and Makers

Flooring: Vinyl floor,  Forbo Sure-Step Vinyl colour Terra

Doors: Paint, dulux wash and wear, colour: Nirvana Jewel

Bar cladding: Terracotta micro concrete, Mauris Aurenti Micro Concrete

Tabletop: Square white tiles (National Tiles), with terra di siena grouts (Mapei)

Bulkhead: Rattan, House of Bamboo

Interior lighting: Vintage Style Scalloped Shade Pendant, Lakiq

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