Colibri had always been an iconic institution at Taikooli North, SanLiTun. So when we were asked to respond to Swire's brief of upgrading the facility we were exciting to take onthe challenge.
The objective was to bring the Italian heritage of Colibri to the forefront as the old interior was dated and atmosphere too cold to be inviting. First thing we instigated was to emphasize the rustic Italian DNA through the use of simple wrought iron frame, pattern tiles, terrazzo and to clean and recycle the timber floor from the previous fitout.
The materials have traditional roots however they were put together with a simplistic modern eye rather than to recreating the old world. The result was a warm inviting backdrop that speaks of the Mediterranean charm and brings the bake goods, coffee, salad, pasta, dolce much closer to the customers.
Overall the revitalised Colibri is a great hit with the Taikooli crowd, customers are much happier to sit for longer and the once perceived barrier of coldness are gone. In its place we have rustic elegance together with a pinch of naughty benevolence, all suggestive of the "good life".
Now Colibri is truly the Italian Bakery Cafe that it was always destined to be.