Mi Pan Bakery

Concentrico set out to respect and honor the traditions of Mexican bakeries while focusing on creating a sense of community with the design of Mi Pan.

  • Year 2020
  • Location Mexico City, Mexico,
  • Visits to the bakery live in the memory of all Mexicans. With this project, Concentrico analyzed typical Mexican bakeries to understand their values, experiences, and essence. For more than 40 years, Mi Pan has been baking for everyone, reaching thousands of families and breaking down barriers between generations.

    The design of Mi Pan honors the bakers and respects bakery traditions. The challenge, however, was to create a space that would reflect and embrace the people who visit the location. People are not used to buying in stores that invest in design, which led the design team to investigate the context. As they walked through the streets, the pattern they saw was one of colors and thousands of handmade signs and messages used to identify each individual store.

    The self-serve layout was key to maintaining the original bakery experience. The goal was to invite customers to visit the bakery with a loved one in order to make it a shared experience.

    Metallic baking trays were used to link the baking process with the shopping experience. The signature use of metallic trays in the design makes it clear that everything revolves around the bread and its process. Pinewood boards were used to structure the design, and to add a warm balance to the coldness of the metallic trays.

    The terrazzo floor connects the shop to many local supermarkets designed using the same material. However, to set Mi Pan’s design apart, the designers integrated the brand’s orange color into the mix. The use of ceramic tiles also links the design to traditional bakeries. By combining all of these materials, it was possible to create a warm and unique environment, without intimidating the customers who visit.

    The tray ceiling is not only impressive to look at, but also helps to lower the scale of the space and to make it more welcoming. It reflects the ceiling lighting and creates a great diffused ambient light, accompanied by product spotlights.

    The store’s layout is clear, with lateral access through the coffee shop area that allows customers to reach the center of the space. There, the route begins with the selection of bread and ends at the checkout counter. The space also includes custom-made metallic furniture, inspired by designs used in local restaurants in 1980, when the bakery opened.

    Communication throughout the store’s interior mimics the tradition of handmade signs that are unique to each context. Through these messages, the company’s story is told. Some of the phrases incorporated into the project include:

    Before leaving the store, the magic continues with displays of cakes marking unforgettable moments in everybody’s lives. The “Rosca de Reyes”, shared with family, and the “Pan de Muertos”, honoring those who are no longer here, helps customers stay close to their loved ones.

    Design: Concentrico
    Design Team: Alejandro Peña Villarreal, Ana Rebeca Mata, May Cisneros, Jose María Cuevas, Alejandro Peña Villarreal
    Photography: Apertura Studio, jPark Studio