When Beverly Hills-based Sprinkles opened its first retail location in Chicago, the gourmet cupcake bakery chose an elegant stretch of Walton Street in the city’s Gold Coast for the site. As Architect of Record, HPA collaborated with the design architect, a l m project, to bring the project to fruition.
The existing building had been a retail space for a single tenant. HPA subdivided the space into two. A new masonry and glass facade was created that served as a backdrop for Sprinkles’ iconic circle motif that dots its cupcakes and is referenced in the exterior ornament. Floor infill was required because the existing space had been a double-height volume. A new entrance was designed that allowed for transparency and light into the cafe, and a showcase for baked goods to attract passersby. The project was recognized with an AIA Chicago Interior Architect Award.