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23

Aug

Eating and Drinking our way through The Hamptons

For those of you living on the East Coast, you know that August can be a busy time in the Hamptons. CCS decided to brave the crowds and take a little field trip to visit some of our clients. Here are some of the highlights from our culinary tour.

Townline BBQ

First stop was at Townline BBQ in Sagaponack. This has always been one of our favorite spots – the pulled pork sandwich alone is worth the drive. CCS designed this roadside BBQ joint back in 2007, and it’s been a classic ever since. The ultra-casual design, which relates to the classic BBQ joints found in the South, creates a functional, modern “dive” for on-site dining and take-out.

townline bbq

The renovated building is clad in reclaimed lumber siding and has a galvanized metal roof. The casual, friendly interior makes a great roadside pit-stop to fuel up on your way to the beach.

the entry at townline bbq

Nick + Toni’s

Next up was dinner at the newly completed renovation at Nick+Toni’s in East Hampton. CCS completed a complete renovation of the interior, just in time for their 25th anniversary.

dining room

In usual Friday night fashion, the place was packed – but owner, Mark Smith, gave us one of the best seats in the house, out on the front patio. A beautiful summer evening with friends, we had an extraordinary meal that we are still talking about. You can easily see how this has become one of the areas most talked about restaurants . (See article in the New York Times)

outdoor seating

Saturday was spent at the beach in East Hampton, getting some well deserved R&R before heading out for one last night on the town.

avoiding the crowds

Meeting House

Last but not least was a quick stop in Amagansett to pay a visit to Meeting House. Located right on Amagansett Square, Meeting House is the true definition of “Hamptons style beach casual”.  Absolutely the best way to spend the afternoon catching up with friends, shopping and enjoying some great food & drink. Meeting House was  actually the first Hamptons restaurant CCS Architecture’s New York studio designed back in 2006, and is always a pleasure to come back to visit.

The Bar at Meeting House

The dining room at Meeting House

The Amagansett Square is a quaint, cozy, outdoor shopping area nestled in the heart of Amagansett.

Amagansett Square

Sunday night it was back to the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, this time feeling energized. Amazing how only 2 days in a place just 2-3 hours outside the city can make you feel a world away.

views from CCS Architecture’s New York office

 

20

Aug

Hyatt Atlanta wins Best Restaurant Award

Hyatt Regency Atlanta

CCS Architecture is pleased to announce that The Hyatt Regency Atlanta was awarded Best Restaurant Design at the HA+D Awards Ceremony (Hotel Architecture + Design) in Hong Kong.

This restaurant, lobby bar, and cafe are located in the mid-century (1967) Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, which was the first hotel with a signature atrium, designed by John Portman. In the spirit of the mid-century legacy of the building, the design for all three of these venues is modern, clean and intended to be timeless, while also being unique and warm.

Prominent and near the hotel entry is Sway (southern way), which is a large all-day restaurant, designed with an exhibition kitchen, plus a wine bar.  The original restaurant, which was gutted, was just an extension of the lobby and had no positive identity.  The new architecture that we created now has a façade, which are the wooden sections that establish a border between the atrium lobby and the restaurant itself.  This creates a transition from lobby to dining that is still visually open and inviting.

 

The lobby bar for the hotel is called Twenty Two Storys, which is how many floors the atrium has from floor to ceilingThe design for this is distinctive from the lobby, yet fully open to foster as much flow into it as possible. Although the design is modern, the goal for this venue was to be a ‘modern tavern’.  The wood finishes are darker and the layout is casual to foster individuals and large groups.

 

29

May

Design Is….. Shaw Contract Hospitality Winner

We are excited to announce that Twenty Five Lusk has been announced as the winner of Shaw Contract’s “Design Is….” Hospitality Award!

Twenty Five Lusk was selected based on how design is defined through the unique challenges, processes and results of the work presented. Market Award winners represent the highest caliber of work within an industry segment and/or geographic region.

Help us take this a step further by voting for the People’s Choice Award. Voting begins today on shawcontractgroup.com and runs through July 4, 2013.  You can vote as many times as you would like.

18

Apr

Recently Completed – Grand Hyatt on Union Square

CCS Architecture recently completed the new lobby, restaurant and bar at the Grand Hyatt on Union Square in San Francisco, part of a larger $70 million renovation of the entire property. The concept, which drove the design, was about identifying the local region of Northern California within an international brand, and has infused a new energy into Union Square. What once was once predominantly conceived as a conference hotel now caters to both locals and hotel guests alike.

The hotel lobby and mezzanine are essentially within a cube of space anchored by two central elevator cores, which has been covered in eucalyptus boards from the ground to the thirty-foot ceiling, acting as a common architectural element to all areas. A new steel, glass, and wood stair leads from the lobby to the mezzanine and features a custom, 24-foot wide, digital animated California Sunset which can be seen from both the lobby but also the street.

Drawing focus high above the beautifully refurbished lobby, OneUP Restaurant & Lounge is the gem of the property, referencing the dynamic restaurant and lounge’s gastronomic philosophy as a level above the rest. Upstairs, OneUP features a sleek, modern-chic décor with a distinct Northern California stamp. Referencing the great tradition of Northern California’s culinary culture, the new restaurant’s showcase live-fire kitchen becomes a welcoming hearth to the intimate 56-seat dining room. The long side of the room, which is all existing large windows, is now fronted with wood shelves loaded with California cookbooks, digital displays, and various objects of interest. Guests pass through an interactive wine and liquor library, complete with interactive touch- screen menu displays, to the inviting bar and lounge, a lively and sociable setting for cocktails, light fare and live music. Finishes throughout the project are a series of counterpoints relating to the regional vs. the international: natural wood and polished chrome, tapestry and concrete, plants and glass.

Grand Hyatt San Francisco also provides a cuisine preview with the launch the city’s first hotel-operated food truck, delivering a sampling of the new San Francisco restaurant’s Northern California-influenced, American bistro cuisine across the city.

 

08

Feb

Diane Middlebrook Writers’ Cabins wins CH+D Award

Wednesday evening we were thrilled to accept not one, but two awards for the Diane Middlebrook Writers’ Cabins. California Home + Design hosted their annual CH+D Awards at the San Francisco Design Center, where we accepted an award for Best Commercial Design as well as the “Stamp of Sustainability”.

11

Jan

CCS, Dwell and Arkitektura.

Back in November, CCS participated in the Dwell Silicon Valley Home Tours. Our good friends at Arkitektura helped create inviting living and family room spaces with their sleek and modern additions from B&B Italia and Minotti. Photographer Paul Dyer captured these spaces beautifully, as illustrated here in these new photographs.

 

04

Jan

Diane Middlebrook Studios – Nominated for WAN Building of the Year

Diane Middlebrook Studios

Hello everyone –

Please take a moment to vote for the WAN Building of the Year: The Diane Middlebrook Studios is nominated at #31

www.american-architects.com/en/projects/voting/41/12

Fifty projects were presented as Building of the Week on American-Architects.com in 2012. Now it’s time for the public to choose the 2012 Building of the Year. With just a few mouse clicks you can vote for your favorite here. The most popular project will be presented in WAN’s (World Architecture News) eMagazine #6|13 and on their website starting from February 11, 2013. We thank you in advance for your participation in helping us achieve our goal!
The Poll is open until January 28, 2013.

Please send along to your friends, family & colleagues – every vote counts!

19

Dec

How To Start Your Own Architecture Firm: 15 Tips From The Pros

Last Thursday evening, Cass Calder Smith and Melissa Werner were invited to be part of a lively panel, along with Sylvia Kwan of Kwan Henmi Architecture/Planning and Samuel Fajner of TEECOM about starting your own Architecture Firm. Mark Cavagnero put together and moderated this wonderful panel at the AIA San Francisco, and aecKnowledge were onsite filming the seminar which will later be available on the aecKnowledge website for continuing education.

LaMar Anderson from Architizer was one of the attendees, and has provided this extremely well summarized and educational write up on our evening.

AIA panelists

 

30

Nov

Diane Middlebrook Cabins wins Interior Design Best of Year Award

Last night Interior Design announced that the Diane Middlebrook Cabins won the Best of Year Award in the Budget Category.

The  Diane Middlebrook Memorial Writers’ Residence, at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in rural Woodside, California, consists of four sleep/work cabins designed with sustainable features, including a freestanding, pre-engineered steel roof assembly that carries solar panels. Beginning occupancy in spring 2012, the new structures are designed for month-long residencies by writers, poets, composers and playwrights. They will increase the program’s capacity by 50 percent.

The studios, arrayed under the steel canopy, are sited to maximize the spectacular setting in the rural Santa Cruz Mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean. These are the first structures to have been purpose-built for the artist program. All are aimed at the southern and western views but skewed a few degrees from each other, giving the arrangement a looseness that contrasts with the linear rigidity of the roof. Clad in unfinished, red cedar boards that will age over time, the cabins feature large, sliding glass doors and private outdoor spaces. The northeast-facing sides contain clerestory windows angled towards the surrounding ridge lines and trees. Rectangular holes in the steel canopy create patterns of sun and shadows and align with skylights in the cabins, giving each unit a window to the sky.

The cabins were designed to foster the creative process but also create a micro-community for the writers within the ranch. With visual and acoustical privacy, each has its own epic view and stand in close proximity under a unifying roof.

The 280-sf cabins, each of which includes a bathroom, are compact to minimize the impact on the land. The main area for working receives warm southern sun, an antidote to the area’s cool climate and frequent fog; sleeping nooks are behind, away from the strong light. The architect partially donated their design services, and supplied the carpet and porcelain bath tiles from samples collected in their office over the years. Materials range in color, pattern and texture and were composed in the field to create a different scheme for each unit.

The architect adhered to the Build It Green program’s established GreenPoint Rating system, which is the standard for San Mateo County. While a minimum of 50 points is required for new construction in the county, the new cabins exceed a rating of 100 points.

26

Nov

Diane Middlebrook Cabins; Interior Design Best of the Year Award Finalist

Each year Interior Design Magazine hosts it’s annual Best of Year Awards, a preeminent design competition recognizing superior interior design projects and products in more than 50 categories. CCS is excited to announce that The Diane Middlebrook Writers Cabins is a finalist this year!