GUNMA – A former Japanese textile factory has been converted into a bakery patisserie.

While previous renovations had hidden the unique peaked roofline, the latest redesign revealed the structure’s jagged edges. Such an angular roofline is a typical and traditional style in the neighbourhood of Gunma prefecture, where the shop is located.

‘We followed the form as a cultural symbol and added some modern touches to the roof and building itself,’ says architect Takato Tamagami. The structure is capped with a final slope that hangs over the entranceway, providing protection from the elements without obstructing large façade windows.

Photos courtesy of Masaya Yoshimura

Patisserie Uchiyama
5-4-31 Higashi Kiryu

Gunma 376-0032