Azie, was a hugely popular San Francisco French-Asian restaurant located next door to LuLu, in an urban infill space on Folsom Street. Like Lulu, Azie explores the restaurant as a public setting—a place that takes on its own life while creating individual opportunities to see, meet and experience. Ten loft units, built above the restaurant, maximize the site’s potential and further energize the Yerba Buena district.
Clubs and lounges from Paris to Hong Kong influenced Azie’s design, which is spatially dramatic, yet intimate and tactile. A central, red-columned pavilion anchors the voluminous, double-height room. The surrounding spaces are tall and narrow, similar in proportion to a Chinatown streetscape. A two-story wall of mirrors and back-lit colored glass, installed at various angles, creates a Cubist reflection of the room.
Opportunistic vistas—across, up, over, and down—emerge from the multi-level organization of the space. There are intimate zones within the more open volume, each distinctive for its location and function. The curved stairway is a sculptural element with kinetic action that links the floors together.