A. Baker

Canberra, Australia (2013 - Present)

In older times, bakeries (or communal Lee Grant - hanged cured meat_A_wovens) formed the centre of communities. Inspired by this senLee Grant_ruslan_wtiment we helped create (with our friends and partners) A. Baker, short for Acton Baker, a bakery and regional produce restaurant located in the heart of the NewActon1 precinct. A. Baker has earned the support of our peers.2

In early 2016, bakery operations grew too Scottie Cameron_ABaker-1_wlarge for space so moved off site leaving A. Baker to focus on the food and our friends on the baking. The menu and wine, like sniffing for truffles, is obtained from local growers Scottie Cameron_A-Baker2131_lowres_wScottie Cameron_A-Baker1948_wScottie Cameron_A-Baker2106_w and producers in the Canberra district.

Project NameA. Baker
Project TypeHospitality business
Design TeamMolonglo Group, Jarrod Deaton, Design Office, Fender Katsalidis Architects, UP
Scope143 seats
StatusCompleted 2013

NewActon is a precinct on the edge of Canberra’s city centre that Molonglo Group is progressively restoring. It is built on the heritage grounds of Acton House, a late 1920s temporary housing facility for newly arrived employees of the capital. NewActon does at a precinct scale what the Burley Griffins attempted to achieve for the city: vegetable gardens deliver produce to the precinct restaurants; nature and architecture collide; and the architectural envelope folds into flora and art. The high-rise apartments (high but not too high) also feed into this ground level generously.

Awards are tricky. Do they mean everything or nothing? Are they laurels to be rested on or simply gestures of encouragement that say ‘keep going’? Who knows. But there’s nothing worse than someone who won’t accept a compliment. So we smile and say thank you for this recognition and to all our co-conspirators who made these awards possible for our many Molonglo Group projects. See them listed here.