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 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. A. Baker has earned the support of our peers. 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 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. 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 Name A. Baker
Project Type Hospitality business
Design Team Molonglo Group, Jarrod Deaton, Design Office, Fender Katsalidis Architects, UP
Scope 143 seats
Status Completed 2013