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Workshop Kitchen & Bar in Palm Springs, CA by SOMA Architects

 
September 25th, 2013 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: SOMA Architects

The client requested a fresh new architectural identity to correspond with his opening of the Workshop Kitchen & Bar restaurant in Palm Springs, CA. The given site, the Historic El Paseo building, immediately constrained the possibilities of the design, which we exploited to our advantage.

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  • Architects: SOMA Architects
  • Project: Workshop Kitchen & Bar
  • Location: Palm Springs, CA
  • Client: Michael Beckman
  • Date of Completion: October, 2012
  • Gross Floor Area: 3,500 FT2
  • Building Type: Restaurant Renovation
  • Main Materials: Concrete, Black Steel
  • Setting: Urban, Historic Zone
  • Principal: Michel Abboud
  • Key Staff: Leopoldo Sguera, Kamil Czarneski, Steven Townsend, Derek Binsted

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Consultants: 

  • General Contractor: Mike Perryman; MAPDEV
  • Structural Engineer: Brian Gottlieb; BG Structural, Dominic Cullen; A Degree of Freedom
  • Mechanical Engineer: Tim Scott; Scott Design & Title 24
  • Electrical Engineer: Jack Bentsen
  • Plumbing Engineer: Eglert Gutierrez; Eglert Design
  • Lighting Design: Jad Cortas; PSLAB

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The project seeks to retain the elegance of the existing space, by enhancing the verticality of the existing space. The concrete furniture stands in immediate contrast to the white existing building. In the center aisle, a large communal dining table acts as a more public dining space, while large monolithic concrete booths provide a more intimate dining setting. Additionally, a private dining area at the rear of the space allows guests to dine at the monolithic altar piece. Lighting design by PS-Lab in Beirut elegantly compliments the brutalist interior.

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WORKSHOP: Project Description (Continued)
The kitchen is based around seasonal products from local farms, so the menu changes often; we enjoy the playfulness and creativity in that. Although “Americana” may best describe the  style of the food, influences are many. Favorite techniques in the kitchen include a wood-fired pizza oven, wood-fired grill, and custom sous-vide station.

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