A. Baker

Canberra, Australia (2013 - 2018)

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 (with friends and partners) helped to create and eventually run A. Baker, short for Acton Baker, a bakery and regional produce restaurant located in the heart of the NewActon1NewActon 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. precinct. In early 2016, bakery operations grew too Scottie Cameron_ABaker-1_wlarge for the space and so moved off site, leaving A. Baker to focus on the food2Our interest in food manifests theoretically and practically. As well as working with producers we’ve become producers ourselves: the NewActon garden supplies A. Baker fresh produce and we collect honey from our East Lake Foreshore for Monster kitchen and bar. The menu and wine was obtained from local growers Scottie Cameron_A-Baker2131_lowres_wScottie Cameron_A-Baker1948_wScottie Cameron_A-Baker2106_w and producers in the Canberra district. In 2018 A. Baker closed its doors. The site has a continued use as a place for hospitality through a daytime restaurant, also ran by friends, called Morning Glory.
Project Name A. Baker
Project Type Hospitality business
Design Team Molonglo Group, Jarrod Deaton, Design Office, Fender Katsalidis Architects, UP
Scope 143 seats
Status Build completed 2013, operations completed 2018