Food and Beverage Facility
This project was based heavily on research on case studies of certain food and beverage facilities, as well as general research concerning restaurant design. The second part of the project involved creating an innovative and unique concept for a restaurant.
The concept of Doi Song was to create a traditional, yet modern Vietnamese restaurant. Doi Song means "life" and "vitality;" which describes both the concept and the cuisine served in the restaurant. Rather than cheesy and predictable Asian designs, Doi Song takes a different approach by using the materials that represent the topography of the country instead: Stones-mountains in Vietnam; Bamboo/different woods- forests (Vietnam is predominately forested mountains); Water- Vietnam is surrounded by water on three sides, and relies on its rivers for many things. The focal pint is an entertainment stage that can promote the Vietnamese culture and restaurant through performances and karaoke, a pastime popular in Vietnamese homes.
The inspiration for this restaurant comes from the idea of a warm, inviting, mountain lodge/cabin. The façade and interior entry/waiting area will resemble this idea with nature inspired materials, a fireplace, rocking chairs, and a living room-inspired arrangement of upholstered furniture pieces. An observation deck, bar, fireplace, and rocking chairs will serve to occupy guests as they wait. The main dining rooms will incorporate a dramatic picture window framing the view of the mountains. All walls in the main dining room will be solid allowing for full focu/ emphasis to be on the view outside. Columns in the abstracted form of tree trunks/ limbs divide the seating arrangements for booth sections while adding vertical height and formality. Warm brown tones and white linen table cloths create a neutral backdrop for scenery while conveying a sense of sophistication. The idea of the dining room is that of dinner theatre with the show being the mountains/sunset curtains can be drawn out form hidden inside the tree column to further subdivide the space for more privacy and to accommodate various-sized parties.
La Maestranza, will be mid-priced Spanish tapas bar and lounge in Baxter Village, Fort Mill, South Carolina. The restaurant will serve an ever-evolving menu and will be based off a traditional bullfighting ring. The display kitchen will be the centrepiece of the design and feature duelling chefs or featured chefs for specialty nights.
Far East Coast
I chose to design The Far East Coast, a Japanese-American restaurant and bar coming to the downtown charlotte area. This facility could be located in rural, suburban, and urban areas. It is a unique experience wherever it opens. With a fusion of taste on the menu, and a fusion of the Japanese and American culture, this restaurant will really make a presence in a city like Charlotte.