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Retractable chic

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The design team of Charles H. Benson
& Associates Architects and the firm
Herzog and de Meuron created all-weather
courtyard dining within the walls of Miami
Beach's Chotto Matte. A retractable canopy
that has already survived Hurricane Irma
provides protection against the elements.
Photos: Uni-Systems LLC.

10 REVIEW JUNE 2019

he trendy London restaurant Chotto Matte recently opened its first
U.S. outpost in Miami Beach, Fla. Specializing in Japanese-Peruvian
fusion cuisine, the restaurant has a cool, modern aesthetic that combines
an urban Tokyo vibe with the South Florida tropics. Colorful murals created
by local street artists splash across the walls and contrast with the graphic
marble floor. To add drama, the designers placed a Sicilian lava stone
boulder weighing 19 tons in the restaurant space.
Natural light bathes Chotto Matte from above through a ceiling open to
the sky. Inspired by an abstract Japanese roof design known as Irimoya,
the open roof spans the restaurant and has a simple, beautiful appeal.
In case of rain, the roof system includes an En-FoldĀ® stadium grade
retractable awning. Manufactured by Uni-Systems LLC, based in
Minneapolis, Minn., the awning is fully protective and adds a unique design
component to the space. Translucent and minimalist, the retractable
canopy is made with ePTFE fabric, and can be opened or closed with the
push of a button. Fully extended, it overhangs the edges of the 36-by-24foot light well. When it's fully retracted, the only thing that is visible to
diners is a slender stack of retracted fabric.
Two 38-foot long aluminum drive beams are spaced 27 feet apart to
support the canopy. They are completely out of view when the awning is
in the retracted position, offering an unobstructed view of the sky. The
En-Fold structure cannot be seen from below, which was an important
specification of the design team. Installation was handled by Thompson
Architectural; the awning fabricator was Lightweight Manufacturing Inc.
of Whitehall, Pa. For more information, visit www.en-fold.com.


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