Owned by Rock Field, Japan’s largest prepared food company, Delica is the first U.S. installation of Japan’s highly successful RF-1 gourmet take-out shops. Delica purveys freshly made salads and other delicacies from its 2000 square foot location in the heart of San Francisco’s Ferry Building Marketplace. Rock Field President Kozo Iwata says he was drawn to the Bay Area for its abundance of fresh food products, as well as the region’s commitment to artisanal cuisine.
CCS conceived Delica as a unique retail experience where the prepared food is the foreground component, while the process and raw product is the essential background. On another level, the architecture is meant to evoke an expression of perceived opposites: nature to technology, raw to prepared, finished wood to stainless steel. The result is minimalist and soothing.