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The Plant Café  // Marina The Plant Café  // Marina The Plant Café  // Marina The Plant Café  // Marina The Plant Café  // Marina The Plant Café  // Marina The Plant Café  // Marina
The Plant Café // MarinaSan Francisco, CA

This 50-seat counter-service café, serving organic food and drink, opened in San Francisco’s Marina district on December 1.  The contemporary design is both casual and upscale, using sustainable materials that are raw and refined.

A central element is the juice and salad bar; made from hickory, tile, glass and brushed zinc, it is an expression of the fresh food being served.  To counter this strong linear element the main dining area is surrounded with a reclaimed hickory slat ceiling and walls with warm linear lighting. The area strives to embrace with comfortable wool covered banquets and to provide a slow lounge like space versus the grab and go lunch time rush of the counter dining space.

To gather both of these elements one entire wall of the space is composed of an adjustable shelving wall meant to be hold the product of the food being served. The wall also uses the food as an art piece that changes according to the seasonal nature of organic produce and makes the food the centerpiece of ones experience of the space.

Awards:

  • Contract Interiors Best Restaurant Award, January 2007
  • IIDA/Metropolis Smart Environments Award, January 2006