Raw, Warm & Enveloping

Batay-Csorba Architects (BCA) have designed this non-traditional restaurant as a place to connect people yet giving them their own personal space

Fact File

Location: Vancouver
Area: 1,200 sqft
Status: Completed, 2020
Photos: SilentSama Architectural Photography
Source: V2.com

Batay-Csorba Architects (BCA)

Shuck Shuck is an interior fit-out for a new food concept in Vancouver’s Chinatown, on East Pender Street. The pared-back simplicity of the interior consists of stripped-back concrete floors, exposed concrete columns, concrete ceiling, mechanical ducts, and conduits. Painted acoustic wall panels combine a uniquely rough-textured appearance with unusual durability and acoustic performance. The simplistic interior yields attention to a single architectural intervention - a 56-feet long serpentine table that floats through the space.

The fiber-reinforced precast concrete table mediates between the interactive qualities of a loose and casual ‘bar top’ and the intimacy and the enveloping relationship of a ‘booth’ that wraps around you. As a standing-only restaurant, the circulation and interaction between patrons were curated to redefine placemaking of this highly social yet intimately personal environment that allows people to connect in various ways.

Batay-Csorba Architects (BCA)

The texture and finish of the table like the oyster’s exterior shell is rough, grey, and drab. The underside of the concrete table is executed with a rough, pocketed finish, while the exterior has a soft, smooth, polished finish. The imperfection of the colour purposely celebrates the handmade process of the material. The rough aesthetic is further contrasted with slender exposed bulbs delicately floating in a random pattern overhead, and transcending the otherwise raw and unrefined palette into a warm and enveloping atmosphere.
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