Clustered around a new public square in the town centre, the shop and café respond to the client’s brief for a flexible and informal retail environment with a strong connection to the adjoining outdoor spaces.
The shop is entered through two fully glazed gable ends. Inside, it provides a barn-like, simple, open space. To create a feeling of informality, the wine and kitchenware shop extend into the adjoining café. The café itself is wedged between the square and a small garden and punctured by two copper lined fermentation vessels re-used from the Adnams Brewery.
The square’s paving incorporates greenheart timber sections reclaimed from Southwold’s beach groynes, randomly set in a fairfaced concrete surface.