Ladurée, Washington DC | Union Street
Located in the historic district of Georgetown, the M Street location is Ladurée’s first presence and flagship store in Washington DC. Spacesmith acted as executive architect, collaborating with design firm Panetude, and was also responsible for designing the kitchens and other back of house spaces.
The three story building holds a pastry kitchen in the cellar (which also supports Ladurée’s new Union Station location), a pastry shop with café seating and adjacent dining area on the first floor, and a second kitchen for light fare on the mezzanine. The top floor of the building holds mechanical equipment. Our goal was to find a balance between the food preparation needs of the store and the costumer experience while maximizing the usable square footage.
Our team coordinated with kitchen consultants on over 60 unique pieces of food service equipment from multiple countries for the pastry and dining kitchen. We also worked closely with the Old Georgetown Board and the Commission of Fine Arts during a four step process to ensure that the façade maintained the appropriate aesthetic for the district. Roof mounted HVAC equipment was located to keep sight-lines unaltered from the pedestrian friendly M Street frontage. The façade was minimally impacted by adding signage, lanterns, and moldings painted the signature Ladurée green.
The first location, in the historic district of Georgetown, is enjoying its second year. Using Ladurée’s standard décor and millwork, the design of this three storey building evokes the Rococo style of Louie the XV.
The second location is within DC's Union Station. Commuters can stop and grab a treat to go or sit in the terrace seating area and overlook the hustle and bustle.