The challenge of designing a corner shop lies partly on the responsibility of offering the city a pleasing appearance while offering the clients a visibility appeal coherent with their investment. For a 400 square meter corner shop located in downtown Walnut Creek, near San Francisco California, Arcsine Architecture and Bellusci Design transformed an old discreet piano store into the austere yet avant-garde restaurant Vesu, finished in later 2009.
The restaurant was conceived as a contemporary environment to house the locally-sourced menu by Executive Chef Robert Sapirman. The busy site located deep into the commercial district demanded a close relationship with street life to attract passers.
The large wood panels – FSC certified Eucalyptus – on the façade creates a pleasing and cozy effect from the outside, while the frameless windows makes passers feel as if they were already inside. A subtle canopy identifies the entrance and continues through lounge descending into the bar, as a path inviting the distracted look for a drink.
A warm, monochromatic palette continues from the bar in several textures in furniture and other elements welcoming the passer to the common dining area and sophisticated toilets. The bottom line of this project could be defined as a designful way of turning the occasional visitor into a regular customer. Photography by Sharon Risedorph (www.sharonrisedorph.com). – Arch Editor André Pinto.