Monday, October 24, 2011

Twenty Five Lusk Interior / By CCS Architecture

San Francisco, CA, United States
CCS Architecture
Post By:Kitticoon Poopong
Photo © Courtesy of Paul Dyer
On Lusk Alley in San Francisco's South of Market district, a 1917 smokehouse and meat-processing facility has been renovated to become Twenty Five Lusk.

Photo © Courtesy of Paul Dyer
Photo © Courtesy of Paul Dyer
The 265-seat new American restaurant and bar is an unexpected gem in the urban fabric. CCS Architecture crafted the two-level space, weaving graceful forms and sophisticated materials through the massive, historic, warehouse structure. The interior emphasizes a counterpoint between the new palette of polished stainless steel, glass, white plaster, leather, mirror, faux fur, and slate and the existing elements of brick, concrete and rough-sawn timber.
Photo © Courtesy of Paul Dyer
Photo © Courtesy of Paul Dyer
The architects created a large, glass entrance, cutting into the existing building exterior; the canopy bends up at its leading edge to become the restaurant's signage. Windows were enlarged and added along the façade to animate the interior with natural light and allow views. Inside, a large wedge from the upper floor makes an open connection between the lower level lounge and the dining room upstairs. Entering the restaurant, guests take in simultaneous views of both.
Photo © Courtesy of Paul Dyer
Photo © Courtesy of Paul Dyer
The dining room is on the second floor, up a half-flight of stairs from the entry. The kitchen is a highlight on this level; a modern envelope of clear and black glass permits views of the chef action and reflects the activity of the dining room. A strategic mix of tables, banquettes, and booths provides seating for 120. Pullman-style booths are built into the angled, low plaster wall that borders the cut-away, and cantilevered tables, made from richly patterned Macassar ebony, pierce the wall. Lighting reveals the original Douglas fir ceiling and creates a warm glow.
Photo © Courtesy of Paul Dyer
Photo © Courtesy of Paul Dyer
In the lower level lounge, seating zones extend the length of the space, each with a suspended, stainless steel fire orb. The orbs act as a focal point for each seating area, much like camp fires, and their reflective flues extend up through the restaurant's open spaces to the ceiling 20 feet above. Behind the large bar, the former Ogden Packing and Provision smoking rooms have been converted into intimate lounge areas. These semi-private, brick and concrete chambers are appointed with sumptuous sofas. The lower level features a 40-seat private dining room as well as a glass-enclosed wine room within the former freight elevator shaft.
Photo © Courtesy of Paul Dyer
Photo © Courtesy of Paul Dyer
The architecture sets up a notable contrast between the dramatic vertical space and the single-height areas, allowing guests to experience the restaurant in its totality while providing intimate spaces to explore. CCS transformed the entire 15,000 square foot warehouse to accommodate new uses. Twenty Five Lusk occupies the first and second floors, and the third level has been designed as a 5200 square feet of creative office space.
Description from the Designer:
Photo © Courtesy of Paul Dyer
Photo © Courtesy of Paul Dyer
basement floor plan--drawing © Courtesy of CCS Architecture
first floor plan--drawing © Courtesy of CCS Architecture

Video: From two CIA classmates, TFL is a two-story resto n' lounge built in a former meat-processing plant/smokehouse erected in 1917, and featuring the original wood beaming and exposed brick, plus ample amounts of newly added smoked black glass, charcoal slate flooring, and two bars that're Caesar-stoned, also Brutus' back-up plan in case the shanking fell through.
25 Lusk St, at Townsend; SOMA; 415.495.5875

Project Data
Project name: Twenty Five Lusk
Address: 25 Lusk Street, San Francisco, CA, United States
Program: New restaurant & lounge, plus overall building renovation
Project Area: 9,800 sq-ft restaurant/lounge, 5,200 sq-ft commercial office space
Completion Year: October 2010
Budget: $3.5 million
Visit Twenty Five Lusk's Website: here

The people
Client / Owner: Matthew Dolan, Chad Bourdan, Chris Dolan
Interior Designer: CCS Architecture
Design Principal: Cass Calder Smith
Project Architect: Bryan Southwick
Director of Interior Design: Barbara Turpin-Vickroy
Artwork: Melissa Werner
Structural Engineer: Peoples Associates
MEP: ACIES Engineering
Lighting: Luminesce Design
Food Service: Federighi Design Inc.
General Contractor: Teutonic
Photographs: © Paul Dyer

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