We received an intriguing architecture conversion from Spacecraft Group. Here is the official press release we were sent: “Mohawk Bend opened its doors on August 1, 2011 in the eclectic neighborhood of Echo Park, Los Angeles, CA. Owner Tony Yanow hired Kristofer Keith of Spacecraft Group to completely transform the 100-year old Vaudeville Theater into four custom designed rooms. Keith remodeled the space with exposed plywood, extensive metal work and brick interior throughout the 10,000 square foot restaurant. One would find themselves entering through the “quad” beneath cathedral ceilings into a dining area filled with comfortable booth seating and mirrored walls. At the center of entertainment, stands a communal table positioned between dual bars that serve 75 beers on tap. Next to it, you will find an open kitchen boasting a custom-built Woodstone oven serving vegan and traditional food.
Further in towards the end of the restaurant, Keith installed a 20ft mosaic glass wall separating the brew pub area from the Ramona Room. Named after the original vaudeville theater, the Ramona Room is a beautiful concealed dining area featuring a high ceiling, skylights, brick walls, and a cozy fireplace. The space is versatile in that it can be completely private with the curtains drawn or with them open making it an ideal place to host events. So far, Mohawk has held intimate gatherings, a wedding reception and are in the processing of planning a large scale network television show wrap party. The natural light, plants and trees also add to the outdoorsy ambiance”. What is your stand on this architecture conversion?
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
An example of a huge success is Heneghan Peng Architects’ Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Using the large difference in level across the site, the architects created two folds in the landscape. Bold, but not conflicting with the rather bleak natural environment, these folds draw all the man-made areas together and create one fitting man-made break in the natural landscape. In the words of the architects themselves, There is no longer a building and a landscape, but building becomes landscape and the landscape itself remains spectacular and iconic