Haeccity Studio Architecture has just completed a renovation of Lee’s Donuts, an institution at Granville Island Public Market. The facility had not received a major upgrade since its establishment in 1979. A feature in Netflix’s “Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner” with David Chang and Seth Rogan only added to Lee’s Donuts’ popular legacy, increasing demand for an already strained production and service capacity.
For the extensive countertops, a sustainable wood product made of reclaimed chopsticks in a characteristic parquet checkerboard layout was selected for the unique combination of modern material and vintage pattern. The importance of the client’s brand is evident, with legacy colours, fonts, and logos providing the connection between the historical and the contemporary. Lee’s Donuts’ colour scheme of primary green, yellow, and white is used throughout the project on millwork and bulkhead finishes. The original logo and font are given a contemporary twist with laser-cut plywood signage elements at the storefront. The overall result of these efforts to balance old and new is a store that at once comforts and excites longtime customers.