Dine, Wine and Design: Old Auto Repair Shop Altered into a Bustling Hub

Adaptive reuse of structure saves both resources and space and epitomizing his green design principle perfectly is the Quonset Project . Turning a vintage auto repair center into a modern hangout and meeting zone that contains a hip diner, wine tasting area, design studio, bar and restaurant, Brett Farrow Architect develop a dynamic and elegant social zone. The brand new setting brings the community together, and the 8, 347-square-foot project in Carlsbad, California combines a number of textures and finishes to make a synergy between its industrial past and exciting presence.



Lower degree of the project was transformed into a cafe and dining spot









Named following a WWII era Quonset hut on the site, a metallic top level, restaurant draped in wood and eatery and bar with an increase of modern finishes on the low level lead to a wonderfully diverse visual. String lights on the outside enhance the casual setting of the diner as the design office and wine tasting room on top of the feel a little more formal within their overall appeal. Removing the chain link and cyclone wire fences around the property, the new exterior is made of concrete with pops of greenery breaking the visual monotony. [Photography: Paúl Rivera, Chris Miller]

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Metallic top level recaptures the initial industrial charm of the website


Different textures in glass, metal and wood greet you at the Quonset Project


Lovely lighting and wonderful usage of contrasting textures enlivens the Quonset Project


New dining area and cafe at the transformed auto repair shop in California


New outdoor spaces combine industrial roughness with natural greenery


String lighting transforms the outdoor dining area and bar right into a hip zone

The new 2nd story addition was conceived as a bold and simple element that would develop a presence on the street. The steep roof lines were initially an exaggerated reaction to zoning regulations that required pitched roofs but in the course of time became more about recreating and expressing the large volumes of the industrial era buildings. The simple metallic skin has been similarly opted for to re-relate to the prevailing character of the site and allowed to naturally oxidize.

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Transforming the old auto repair shop into a bustling activity hub


Upper level design studio with a modern industrial vibe


Street facade of the new eatery and dining area at the Quonset Project


Óld auto repair shop on the site before the transformation


Lower level floor plan of Quonset Project


Upper level floor plan of Quonset Project

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