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Farmers Fishers Bakers in Washington, DC by GrizForm Design Architects
July 27th, 2013 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: GrizForm Design Architects
Farmers Fishers Bakers, a 9,700 square-foot restaurant in Washington, DC, is an original and creative restaurant venue that seamlessly combines form, function, and creativity. The space formerly housed Farmers & Fishers, a restaurant ruined after the Potomac River in Washington, DC flooded the space. The owners called on a local DCbased architecture and interior design firm to re-imagine the restaurant as one with a farm theme full of folklike touches and unusual materials with an emphasis on custom design.
Its latest reincarnation consists of several “microclimates,” with distinct spatial configurations to evoke a different experience in each. From intimate nauticalthemed booth seating and outdoor tables on the yearround patio, to the semiprivate Baker’s Table and Sushi Bar, every table gives diners a view of interesting and playful farmthemed custom art.
Handcrafted and commissioned artwork from local and regional artists are a key component of the design that add visual layers to the restaurant. Handwhittled farm animals, miniature farm scene dioramas, porcelain chicken feet, and countless other playful artistic details are sprinkled throughout the space, waiting to be discovered by curious guests.
In keeping with a strong and deep commitment to sustainability, Farmers Fishers Bakers is designed to meet LEED Silver certification and incorporates many reclaimed and recycled materials into the design, including vintage brass boat propellers, used tire treads (old tractor tires as wallcoverings incorporated into the design not only for sustainability, but also for sound absorption), and salvaged barn woods.
The restaurant will operate as a Green Restaurant, with pending certification by the Green Restaurant Association in keeping with The Farm’s commitment to sustainability. On a daily basis, the restaurant staff is recycling, composting, and minimizing their landfill trash. Only inhouse filtered water systems are used to make the most of water from local resources, without the high impact of bottles, transportation, carbon emissions, and expensive water.
Much of the interior fixtures and furnishings are made of at least 50 percent postconsumer recycled content, have been recycled or reclaimed, or have been manufactured with sustainability in mind. Elements such as the walls, ceiling, some parts of the flooring and fabrics of contemporary design were sourced specifically for their green qualities. In designing the restaurant, GrizForm Design Architects relied on salvaged wood, LED lighting, ecofriendly upholstery, and lowVOC materials. Recycled and reclaimed materials like used tire treads and reclaimed wood have been incorporated whenever possible to reduce the environmental impact of the building.
The restrooms are outfitted with low flow toilets, motion sensor lighting, automatic faucets, and high efficiency Dyson hand dryers. Food access and production was definitely considered for the design of Farmers Fishers Bakers. There is a farmtotable aspect behind the sustainability notion for the spacethe menus were developed around an American farmlandinspired selection (much like the design). The restaurant has a larder pantrythe larder holds everything from fruits and vegetables to fresh breads, cured meats, cheeses, and an assortment of pickled, apple’d, and preserved sauces, dressings, chutneys and more that become essential components of the dishes.
Everything is is seen through the eyes of a farmerthe restaurant is committed to supporting American family farmers through culinary and mixology programs and sourcing seasonally whenever possible. The Farm / Farmers Restaurant Group is the operations and management company behind the project.
￼Other highlights to note:
A nauticalinspired dining area with podlike booths that seat fourtosix diners
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