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.
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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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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