Dandelion Chocolate Las Vegas / Sanga Architecture + Puddle Inc.

Dandelion Chocolate Las Vegas / Sanga Architecture + Puddle Inc.

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  • Area area of ​​this architecture project

    900 ft²

  • Year Final year of this architectural project



  • Photographs

    Photographs: SLH Studio

  • Lead Architects:

    Monica Sanga

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Text description of the architects. Architect Monica Sanga and Japanese designer Puddle Inc worked together to create Dandelion Chocolate’s first permanent US cafe and retail store outside of San Francisco. Based on the process and products of the California-based small-batch chocolate maker, the design team emphasized handcrafted details and the honest use of materials to create an oasis of calm on the Las Vegas Strip. The end result is an exquisite jewelry box, retail store, and cafe that displays dandelion chocolate and serves hot chocolate, coffee, and pastries. The expansion in Las Vegas connects international locations such as Taiwan and Japan as well as temporary pop-up locations in Los Angeles and New York City.

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After a full analysis of the previous deal, the new design creates a moment of visual relief in the frenetic casino. The ceilings of the ceiling are reminiscent of the highly decorative vaulted ceilings of the Venetian, but the sheer minimalism provides a counterpoint that mimics the subtle glow of a sunrise in the desert. Vertical wood molding implies the streaks of windswept sand dunes, adding structural interest to a highly restrained palette.

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“The Las Vegas Strip is quite an artificial environment, we wanted to bring in some of the natural landscape. The desert landscape is breathtaking here, but you don’t see that anywhere on the Strip, ”says local architect Monica Sanga. Solid copper shelves instead of copper veneer in welded steel frames form the sales display and the furniture. The elementary simplicity extends to the specially milled monolithic stone table, which greets visitors with chocolate samples at the entrance.

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It’s local Las Vegas Rock (meta-quartzite) with a sandblasted finish with a 1/8-inch solid copper countertop that will patina over time. A long bench with floating copper tables creates additional seating to maximize the small space. A thermally formed Corian table with HAY revolver stools provides a rare resting place near the casino and the hotel lobby. Specially milled metal water jet letters from the menu bar. Large windows and doors with pockets let chocolate smells pour into the lobby and entice customers to enter.

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