A bar located in the lobby of the historic Sentinel Hotel in downtown Portland.
Reusing the fireplace, historical domed stain glass ceiling and a formerly unusable back space allowed us to create a bar that looks locked in time, intimate while spacious, like a speakeasy from the 1920's. A 65' foot long marble bar is the central hub of this popular drinking destination.
Accolades// Stone Cold Stunner | Eater PDX The Year in Beautiful Restaurants: 15 Stunners from 2014 | Eater National
Bamboo Sushi NW
Sushi Restaurant | Portland, OR
A contemporary sushi restaurant located in the heart of the NW 23rd shopping district
The design that reflects the restaurant's sustainability ethos; materials were carefully selected while back-of-house elements were based on energy efficiency. A nod to the ocean is reflected in various design elements, while a 30' long sushi bar allows diners to learn while they eat. Custom murals adorn two walls and layered rooms create new experiences for the diner.
Bamboo Sushi NE
Sushi Restaurant | Portland, Oregon
This NE Alberta street location feels authentic and warm with lanterns strung above the dining area. Inspired by the "yokocho" dining alleys of Tokyo, storefronts and bamboo huts create a streetside feel within the space. Entirely custom built by local artisans, this space transports the diner back to the Showa Era of Tokyo.
Working closely with the company founder, we helped convert a Portland warehouse into a company headquarters for a developer of high-quality architectural hardware. Using 3D modeling systems and a series of collaborative meetings, we were able to provide the owner with models and plans to construct a creative work space in phases as they expand.
Designed, managed and developed in partnership with a local developer and builder in 2008-2009. A 10-unit townhouse project in the Irvington neighborhood of Portland, based on better living in a smaller footprint. Open plan living, large roof decks, acoustic separation from neighbors and sustainable materials attribute to these light-filled, 100% sold units.
A retreat on the north coast of the Dominican Republic for a New York-based client, designed with Phil Wu. Ben and Phil created a modern structure where windows act as frames to the view beyond.
Based on the International Style, this house is a series of boxes and layers that create public and private spaces; open views and solitude; earth sky and water.
Various | Bars & Restaurants
New York, NY
An outpost of the popular Spice chain in New York, this SoHo location was designed with Phil Wu. The restaurant is a subtle statement piece; bright color and a generous dose of gold dominate the space along with a recurring Buddha pattern on the walls. The lighting provides a restrained glow, allowing the two floors of dining and drinking to focus on the experience inside, closing off the outer world.
The restaurant/building owner renovated and added on to the entire building at the same time, adding 2 floors of contemporary office space above the existing historic building. Recognized by the New York AIA, it is a successful meld of old and new.