StudioAC, a design firm based in Canada, has transformed Bao, a Chinese restaurant in Markham, Ontario, into a space that harmoniously blends with its strip mall surroundings.
Bao’s interior design revolves around two angled lines that draw attention from the street-facing windows to the open kitchen at the back. While the interior stands out amidst the neighboring shops, StudioAC intentionally kept the restaurant’s facade simple to blend into the suburban environment.
The focus was on creating a distinctive visual terminus within the repetitive box stores, capturing the essence of the strip mall context. The …

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