Restaurant Development & Design

July-August 2017

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6 4 • r e s t a u r a n t d e v e l o p m e n t + d e s i g n • J U L Y / A U G U S T 2 0 1 7 Form + Function "While flooring wasn't really used to create zones at AZN, we've had some restaurants that used three different kinds for differen- tiating zones." Concrete floors, mosaic tiles, wood flooring and carpet are examples of the types of flooring used in restaurant spaces to transition guests from one zone to the next. "Changes to flooring materials is a very popular way to create zones," Lam says. "In bars, mosaic tiles or raised areas can be used, and then you can change to carpet or hardwood to create warmer, private dining areas." The type of flooring used for each zone should reflect the environment and atmosphere each operator and designer are looking to create. Whether that means a more urban or industrial feel to a bar area or an intimate dining-room setting, the right kind of flooring will have an overall effect on the space. Half Walls "Lighting and flooring are more subtle zone creators. And when we look at half walls, they can have an infinite look to them," Boggs says. "They don't have to be solid, wood or full height. Partial-height walls create a sense of one area while offering visibility into other areas of a restaurant." Perhaps one of the most accessible and creative ways to create zones is by using half walls or curtains to separate one area from another. "We have used everything from curtains and sheers to other free-form products to create zones," Bushey says. "It's really about using anything that you can get creative with and any kind of material that can help cre- ate a sense of separation." At Gypsy Kitchen, a metal screen distinguishes the main dining room from the bar while still giving guests a view to what's on the other side. Operable walls can be opened to con- nect the restaurant's patio seating to provide an indoor/outdoor bar experience. AZN also uses an open storefront to connect inside seating to the outdoor patio. Inside the restaurant, a gradating wall creates varying degrees of privacy between the dining room and bar, and a sheer curtain creates a full-height wall or retracted space for private/semi-private dining. For Morah, Lam's restaurant project in Dubai, mirrored walls and large planters are incorporated into the spaces to M C L MARIO CONTRACT LIGHTING w w w. m a r i o c o n t r a c t l i g h t i n g . c o m 800.458.1244 At Morah in Dubai, zones are meant to create memories. Photo courtesy of Navigate Design

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