Elektra Bakery, Edessa by StudioPrototype

Elektra Bakery, Edessa by StudioPrototype

This shop is part of a chain of family-run bakeries called ‘Elektra’ located in Edessa, Greece. Studioprototype had the opportunity to redefine the look of its shops with this pilot project.


The shop is small covering only thirty-five square metres and occupies a strategic corner plot on the main pedestrian high street.

Working with a narrow, linear floor plan a rigorous language was developed for the shop based on a long marble food counter acting as a monolithic focal point of the spatial arrangement. Light and luminosity flood the interior of the bakery accentuating the food items on display like gold.

Exquisite materials such as Carrara marble, wood and brass serve as the backdrop for all food products instilling the rustic and artisan aspect of making bread. A sense of craftsmanship is imbued with the exterior of the shop being entirely clad in cedar like a well tailored suit.

Punctuating the cedar cladding on the long facade, a black powder coated steel window box projects outwards beyond the ‘crust’ of the shop to serve as a seating area and bar for customers inside and outside the shop.

StudioPrototype = Sofia Limpari and Neal Shah


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Studioprototype carefully evolve their designs closely with their clients to produce intelligent architectural design solutions of high quality in a bespoke, adventurous and responsive manner. We specialise in one off private residences, private residential housing, commercial and retail environments and the renovation and conservation of historic and traditional buildings throughout Greece. Studioprototype is a Greek and English speaking architectural design practice based in Greece. It is run by partners Sofia Limpari and Neal Shah.

Sofia Limpari

Born in Greece in 1976.

She graduated with a BA Hons. in Architecture in 1999 at the University of Greenwich before going on to successfully complete a Graduate Diploma in Architecture at the Bartlett (UCL) in 2002. Sofia gained invaluable commercial experience working for award winning practices; Fashion Architecture and Taste (F.A.T.) and Barr Gazetas Architects both based in London. She moved back to Greece in 2006 setting up practice with her partner Neal Shah in 2007. Sofia is a registered architect in the UK and in Greece and is a member of Architects Registration Board of UK (ARB) and Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE).

Neal Shah Born in London in 1975

He graduated from the University of Greenwich in 1999 with a BA Hons. in Architecture. Neal continued his studies at University of Westminster where he obtained his Graduate Diploma in Architecture in 2002. Neal gained invaluable professional experience working at award winning practices; Surface Architects and Universal Design Studio both based in London during which he obtained his RIBA Part III Certificate of Professional Practice in Architecture from the Bartlett (UCL) in 2006. Neal moved to Greece in 2006 and set up Studioprototype with his partner Sofia Limbari in 2007. Neal is a registered architect in the UK and in Greece and is a member of Architects Registration Board of UK (ARB) and Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE).


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