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26

Mar

Barrel House Tavern wins IIDA NC Award

The tenth annual IIDA Northern California Chapter Honor Awards program was held last Wednesday at the Fox Theater in Oakland – the awards program aims to encourage new ideas and techniques in the design and furnishing of interior spaces.

Barrel House Tavern was a recipient of the “PLAY” Honor Award, along with Aidlin Darling Design for Chronicle Books. We could not be more thrilled to be in such great company and take home this prestigious award!

Located on one of the most scenic waterfront lots in Sausalito, Barrel House Tavern occupies 5,000 square feet on Bridgeway Avenue. With 140 seats, the restaurant features an enormous Carrera marble bar, a cozy lounge, wood fired pizza oven, and waterfront seating with breathtaking views of the Bay and San Francisco beyond. The building itself has a rich history: Built in the 1900’s, the space was once the original ferry terminal that shuttled passengers from Sausalito to San Francisco before the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge.

28

Aug

OneUP nominated for Best Restaurant Design

OneUP at the Grand Hyatt on Union Square in San Francisco has been nominated for Best Restaurant within a Hotel in the International Design & Architecture Awards. Please take a moment to vote for OneUP at the Grand Hyatt, which can be found in the Restaurant within a Hotel category.

http://thedesignawards.co.uk/voting2013/voting%20-%20hp.html

Thanks for your support!

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.

 

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.