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local atmosphere

FEATURE

The Kitchen is elegant yet approachable in its aesthetic, with the dining room and kitchen area all under one roof to put the preparation of food at center stage. Surrounding seating affords views of the chefs
at work. The structural system is exposed, typical of agricultural vernacular buildings throughout the region. Photo: Lara Swimmer

Cowiche Canyon Kitchen and Icehouse Bar
YAKIMA, WA

The first half of the 20th century was a time of

placemaking, the project provides a much-needed

The structural system is exposed, typical of agri-

growth and dignity for downtown Yakima. Pres-

shot in the arm for civic renewal.

cultural vernacular buildings throughout the re-

idents Roosevelt and Taft visited the emerging

The two elements of the project-restaurant

gion. A casual dining area at the back of the restau-

agricultural center where the main street featured

and bar-are conceived as distinct yet connected

rant connects to a public plaza through garage

fountains, grand theaters, and stately, multi-story

structures that weave together where they meet.

doors, offering a protected patio setting for

brick-and-masonry buildings. By mid-century,

The Icehouse Bar, a board-formed, cast-in-place

three-season dining.

however, most of these structures had been demol-

concrete structure pulled tight to the sidewalk's

The bar is an appropriately moody environ-

ished to make way for parking lots as businesses

edge, maintains the street facade established by

ment, emphasizing natural and repurposed mate-

struggled to keep their downtown relevant and

the existing historic buildings. The Kitchen, essen-

rials. A zipper skylight situated above the bar

residents fled to the suburbs.

tially a timber-structured, glass-walled pavilion, is

washes the bar wall with light. Vintage ice tongs

pulled back from the sidewalk to open up the cor-

hold cast-glass cubes topped with a light source,

ner using a small plaza with restaurant seating.

illuminating the glass from within and creating an

A local family with long-standing ties to the
agricultural heritage of the region sought to counteract this decline by combining their interest in

The Kitchen is elegant yet approachable in its

aqueous light effect over the bar. An off-center piv-

food with their desire to help revitalize downtown

aesthetic, with the dining room and kitchen area

oting steel and glass door with inset pilot door

Yakima. They chose a site in the downtown core

all under one roof to put the preparation of food at

provides access between the bar and exterior bar

and created a restaurant and bar featuring local

center stage. Surrounding seating affords views of

seating.

food and drink, setting their dream in motion.

the chefs at work. Wrapped on three sides with

The Kitchen and Icehouse Bar are separated by

From the project's honest use of materials celebrat-

large windows, the dining area opens to the neigh-

a board-formed, cast-concrete wall punctuated by

ing the agricultural vernacular and history of the

borhood, visually and symbolically merging the

a series of vertical vents. The vents create interest-

valley to the synergies resulting from strategic

activity inside with the neighborhood beyond.

ing light-and-shadow play and offer glimpses into

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

The Architects
Shaping Neighborhoods
Local Atmosphere
Concrete Tile Roof Caps Renovation
Decking Provides Venue Views
Exteriors Products
After The Storm
Lofty Windows
Glass Spans Mixed-Use Development
Smart Glass Delivers Airport Comfort
Windows & Doors Products
Solar-Thermal/Tankless Water Heating Is LEED Platinum
UV Technology Fights Infection
Co-Gen Delivers Comfort At Ronald McDonald House
HVAC & Plumbing Products
Contemporary Lighting, Outdoor Dining
Low Voltage, LEDs Meet Sustainable Goals
Lighting & Electrical Products
Polished-Concrete Floor Reveals Natural Beauty
Interiors Products
Building Technology Products
Showcase
Index
Portfolio
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Cover1
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Cover2
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Commercial Architecture October 2017 - The Architects
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Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Shaping Neighborhoods
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Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Local Atmosphere
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Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 23
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Concrete Tile Roof Caps Renovation
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 25
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 26
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Decking Provides Venue Views
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Exteriors Products
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 29
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - After The Storm
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 31
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Lofty Windows
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Glass Spans Mixed-Use Development
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Smart Glass Delivers Airport Comfort
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 37
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Windows & Doors Products
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 39
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Solar-Thermal/Tankless Water Heating Is LEED Platinum
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 41
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 42
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - UV Technology Fights Infection
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 44
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Co-Gen Delivers Comfort At Ronald McDonald House
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 46
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 47
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 48
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 49
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - HVAC & Plumbing Products
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 51
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 52
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Contemporary Lighting, Outdoor Dining
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Low Voltage, LEDs Meet Sustainable Goals
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Lighting & Electrical Products
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 56
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Polished-Concrete Floor Reveals Natural Beauty
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 58
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 59
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Interiors Products
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 61
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Building Technology Products
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 63
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Showcase
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Index
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Portfolio
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Cover3
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Cover4
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