CCS Architecture was tasked with designing a restaurant oasis catering to on-the-go shoppers as well as distinguished diners in the new Nordstrom Woodlands Texas Store. The design aimed to balance the openness of the retail store space with a more intimate dining and drinking experience. Located adjacent to one of the main store entrances, the restaurant can be accessed from the street, while remaining open to the retail environment of Nordstrom from within.
“The Nordstrom Restaurant Group tasked CCS to create a sense of hospitality inside a retail environment.”
Bazille is a new full-service bistro concept for Nordstrom. The space is laid out around an L-shaped bar at the entry which delineates the path of circulation, connecting bar dining and main dining and leading to a sommelier area decked with wine display. The backdrop to main dining are the exhibition style kitchen warehouse windows. The ceilings and mechanical ductwork are left exposed except for the hung wood ceiling panels over dining and a floating ceiling punctuated by a custom light fixture over communal tables that projects towards the restaurant entry. The floor-to-ceiling glazing with booth furniture seating creates a strong indoor/outdoor connection from the restaurant to the exterior patio dining.
Like the menu, the design of the space is casually sophisticated with a warmth and comfort everyone can relate to. Natural materials such as hickory, acacia woods, a concrete bar countertop, and hot rolled steel play off of the half-hex Heath tile and patterned upholstery fabric. The overall material composition aims to bring authenticity and craft to the store’s overall modern aesthetic. Other materials like Lamin-Art table tops and concrete/wood-look porcelain tile flooring help to balance the aesthetics with the practical needs for durability.
photography by Benjamin Hill