Design Excellence Awards
DESIGN EXCELLENCE AWARD
Presented to Michael Hsu
Office of Architecture
Developed in a 1930’s historic building in downtown Houston, this fast casual restaurant takes advantage of its double height space and mezzanine to provide an open and naturally lit dining experience. Circulation and a variety of dining choices surround a central bar which was designed with a column supported glass and steel shelving system. Hemlock and cedar finishes were chosen for select ceilings and walls, to balance with the cooler tones of blue and green. In certain areas of slatted hemlock, black and white photos related to the menu offerings are revealed and represent work of a local Houston artist. Parts of the existing building, including the terrazzo flooring were repaired and restored to reduce consumption of new products. The main mezzanine stair was salvaged and relocated from another location in the space. Numerous fixtures, furniture pieces and portions of the HVAC system were also re-purposed for the space. The project was designed in collaboration with a local purveyor who specializes in finding very unique, repurposed pieces to feature in the space, add visual interest and create an overall original environment.
The project was extremely fast-track; it was completed in 12 weeks from initial design to opening day on a very tight budget. Fans have given positive feedback about the new look, and the client reported a 70% increase and as much as a $1,000 increase per game in the new International Market.