A mid-century warehouse was repurposed to house the 3100 square foot restaurant. An open-kitchen design informed by black box theatre, the chef and food take center stage. Attention to lighting and a comfortable dining experience were design priorities.
The existing building offers two distinct volumes which the new architecture uses to create spatial separation in the restaurant. Under lower ceilings in the entry lounge, a variegated wood wall draws the eye through a framed opening toward the larger volume of the dining room and kitchen. The dark wood panels wrapping the room provide a backdrop for the material juxtaposition of concrete, venetian plaster and plush fabrics. The kitchen stage is set by a horizontal aperture capped by the glowing curve of a silver mica infused plaster “cloud” and the dark wenge veneer of the chef’s counter. Lighting is unique to each seating configuration, highlighting the chef’s plates and an intimate dining experience.