Commercial Architecture April 2017 - 14

FEATURE

restaurant trends

said. "Fast-casual restaurants are finding that a more-au-

natural and artificial lighting, but in a way that still pre-

brighter dining rooms. Dark rooms with illumination

thentic, less-corporate visual voice is achievable and de-

serves the character of a space and doesn't contribute to a

focused on the plate seems to be a relic of the past. Again,

sirable to enhance the perception of their brand's food

generic, sterile atmosphere. Within that lightening, more

this seems to be part of the movement toward authentic-

quality. Even a small amount of hand-crafted, authentic

stories are being told-the creation of visceral, dynamic

ity. The minimalist decor, however, will often be broken

surfaces can shift the overall feeling of the place."

physical personas for the places."

up with a spare pop of color or, increasingly, large-scale

English continued, "Restaurant interiors are lighten-

Josh Zinder of JZA+D agreed. "A trend toward mini-

ing up in terms of finishes and finishing, as well as with

malist decor has been accompanied by a trend toward

The Funk
Zone

A

graphics covering swaths of walls, floors, or ceilings."
"Lighting these days is all about LED," Zinder added.

t the core of this project was the concept of

buildings were reconceived into three separate

and doors providing access to new tenants within
the shell.

place making-bringing renewed life to an

buildings with new parking areas, courtyards,

all-but-abandoned area of Santa Barbara's (CA)

and landscape that connect them. The old brick

A custom-designed rusted rebar fence encloses

Waterfront District. AB design studio was tasked with

warehouse was maintained and re-purposed to

the property and allows occasional private events.

converting a rundown block in the former warehouse

house new restaurants and bars, as well as both

Materials used are raw, galvanized, and Cor-ten steel,

district into a center for food, wine, community, and

an active wine maker and craft-beer brewery. The

corrugated roofing and siding, and large roll-up doors

relaxation on a $3.6-million budget. The renewed area

smaller building was converted into a take-out

that help open tenant spaces to the exterior. The site

along the Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail is dubbed

restaurant able to also serve other tenants on the site.

includes several thousand square feet of outdoor

"The Funk Zone."

Along the street front, a large nondescript building

patio space and new hardscape zones that reflect

was given a complete overhaul with new windows

the time when this was a railroad-centric district.

The existing fish warehouse and processing

Clockwise from top left:
A rundown block in the former Santa Barbara (CA) warehouse district was converted to a
center for food, wine, community, and relaxation and dubbed "The Funk Zone." Photos by
Erin Feinblatt
Aptly named for the fa├žade, which shows more than 15,000 pennies glued and grouted to
the exterior walls, the Lucky Penny building was once the icebox for the Castagnola Fish Co.
Coins were glued by hand onto 12-in. square plastic mesh sheets, which were applied to
the building with thin-set mortar.
The Lark, a high-end restaurant, is the main attraction of The Funk Zone. All of the tables in
the entire restaurant are made from a single fallen tree from Portland, OR. Most of the other
items furnishing the restaurant are sourced from salvage shops.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Commercial Architecture April 2017

The Architects
Building Focus: Hospitality
Providing Healthcare Underfoot
Prescription For Healthcare Surfaces
Interiors Products
Upgraded Hot-Water System Satisfies Tenants
Making The Grade With HVAC Upgrades
Bathrooms Highlight Hotel Renovation
HVAC & Plumbing Products
Performing Arts Centers Bolster Communities
Hotel Roofs Frame Canadian Rockies View
Masonry Delivers Sheriff's Office Presence
Exteriors Products
Light Fixtures Transform Resort Courtyard
Lighting & Electrical Products
Taking Control At San Francisco International
The Ins and Outs Of Multi-Tenant Parking
Windows & Doors Products
Building Technology Products
Showcase
Index
Portfolio
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Commercial Architecture April 2017 - Upgraded Hot-Water System Satisfies Tenants
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Commercial Architecture April 2017 - Making The Grade With HVAC Upgrades
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Commercial Architecture April 2017 - Bathrooms Highlight Hotel Renovation
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Commercial Architecture April 2017 - HVAC & Plumbing Products
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Commercial Architecture April 2017 - Performing Arts Centers Bolster Communities
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Commercial Architecture April 2017 - Hotel Roofs Frame Canadian Rockies View
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Commercial Architecture April 2017 - Masonry Delivers Sheriff's Office Presence
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Commercial Architecture April 2017 - Exteriors Products
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Commercial Architecture April 2017 - Light Fixtures Transform Resort Courtyard
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Commercial Architecture April 2017 - Lighting & Electrical Products
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Commercial Architecture April 2017 - Taking Control At San Francisco International
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Commercial Architecture April 2017 - The Ins and Outs Of Multi-Tenant Parking
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Commercial Architecture April 2017 - Windows & Doors Products
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