Energy, connection, vibrancy, character. None of these are physical structures, yet they can often be the most important components of architecture.For us, creating places begins by going places. Whether down the street or across time zones. Whether we are actively working on a place or not. We are constantly obsessed with observing, experiencing and uncovering the culture, fabric, physical traits and x-factors that make truly intriguing places.
Our Place Projects
- Katsuya by Starck > Restaurant / Hospitality
- Root 246 > Restaurant / Hospitality
- S Bar > Restaurant / Hospitality
- Santa Barbara Bowl > Institutional
- Sevilla > Restaurant / Hospitality
- The Emerson Theater > Restaurant / Hospitality
Additional Restaurant / Hospitality Projects
Established in 1926, the Casa de Sevilla is Santa Barbara’s oldest operating restaurant. Known as a “club” for local patricians, this special retreat was formerly characterized by dim firelight and Spanish bullfight paintings.
With our help, this Santa Barbara icon has been reborn as Sevilla, a 2,800–square-foot renovation with a modern interpretation of the lusty qualities of southern Spain. Deep, rich tones of red, brown and orange lit by Moroccan lanterns and private, curtained alcoves create a sense of warmth and intimacy.
Little demolition was allowed by the city of Santa Barbara for the historically important building. In response, a strategy was developed contrasting modern interventions with existing fabric, exaggerating scale at decisive moments, and employing a sophisticated, yet sultry material palette to highlight the otherwise chaste building – signaling once again that Sevilla is a special place.
The project is highlighted by custom designed spaces and furniture – six-foot-tall citrus green porter chair, with burgundy mohair interiors, a fully tiled, Gaudi-inspired standing bar with Mexican prayer candle chandelier above and a bar with lit resin panels of red, orange and gold, suggesting the sensuous silhouette of a fire.