#2 : Tiny Pastry
Burrow, A Pastry Shop Tucked Away in Brooklyn
The space is subtle and humble, with delight in the details.
Burrow’s space has a likeness to the pastries they serve: delicate and lovely. The space is subtle and humble, with delight in the details.
I sit in the tiny pastry shop and ponder why I am so in love with the space… There is nothing architecturally interesting. There are no big moves grabbing your attention.
There is contrast. Simple, handmade details make the space comfortable and give an authenticity to the environment. There is an efficiency to the tiny space that I have seen evolve over a few years. And, of course, there are impeccable pastries, cookies, and cakes that own the show behind the glass cases.
I only know about Burrow because I worked in the office building where it is hidden. Inside the door of 68 Jay Street you are faced with a lifeless, dingy foyer which is host to two elevators, some vending machines, and a mail room. Burrow sits juxtaposed to its surroundings, a little diamond in the rough. The contrast between dismal entry and Burrow’s mellow, soft hues warms me to my core. Burrow lives behind a row of glass panels without a hint of pretension. The contrast that is created between the building’s entry and Burrow makes the softness of Burrow’s space more special and genuine.
Entering through the glass door, it is audibly quiet and a light scent of everything-that-is-good-in-this-world surrounds you. The concrete and brick walls are painted white. The line of customers (which fills the space) ends at a charming wood table, where a wooden display rack for cookies sits. Behind the table is a wall. A light shines onto it, where a line of cookies, held an inch or two off the wall, spell out “B-U-R-R-O-W”. A curtain that blocks off the view to the clean kitchen, with “Staff Only” embroidered into it. The floor is tiled until it ends to reveal painted concrete. The texture of the curtains and found objects throughout the space give the concrete box-of-a-room authentic, delightful life. The material palette is simple with touches of flair and pops of muted colors. There is a cohesive language to the materials, soft lighting, and the pastries.