Restaurant Development & Design

July-August 2015

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move past the building, the image is more abstract because they're separated by large expanses of glass," says Shannon Sterne, project design archi- tect for Aria Group Architects Inc., in Oak Park, Ill . Also spanning the second and third foors, behind the bonsai image, a double-height curtain wall window-glazing system simultaneously opens the restau- rant to the outside while giving passersby a glimpse of what's going on inside. Playing up the height of the space inside, LED brass-fnish metal ring pen- dants are suspended from the third-foor ceiling at varying heights and angles to create interest in the open area between foors. A wood trellis ceiling feature on the second foor travels across a sofft and climbs up a wall to the ceiling of the third foor. Downstairs, the frst-foor bar area, which opens up to an adjoin- The frst-foor bar area has lower ceiling heights, and darker fnishes and materials create a more intimate atmosphere. The space opens up to an adjoining patio. Photo courtesy of Aria Group Architects Inc.

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