Founded by François-Louis Cailler in 1819, Maison Cailler has been crafting decadent, artisan chocolates for nearly two centuries. It is no wonder that this business stretches its reach with its new flagship store in Broc, Switzerland. The store is a modern, classy, and European equivalent of the fabled Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. The half-ellipsoid shell with gilded tavillon shingles designed by Mathieu Lehanneur encases the store’s interior such that the shape of the structure evokes an all-too-familiar lemon cream chocolate. A metaphorical “bite” is taken out of the building’s form for its entrance, and the glass doors reveal a tasteful – in more ways than one – and elegant display of the delectable sweets.
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