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Matchbox 14th Street in Washington, DC by STUDIO3877
October 1st, 2013 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: STUDIO3877
Studio3877 recently completed Matchbox 14th Street, a local bistro in the U Street neighborhood of Washington, DC. As the newest restaurant to join the Matchbox brand, the 8,500squarefoot historical space features three levels of dining, sustainable materials, an expansive custom bar, and platform seating. The space is a juxtaposition of old and new where the old structure meets some new interior elements.
Matchbox 14th Street is housed in a former bowling alley and jazz club and to pay homage to both, Studio3877 placed wood in the bar area that resembles a look found in a bowling alley and, used brass behind some of the cubbies on the back bar wall to honor jazz. Going back a little further, the building was even home to a car dealership.
The building, originally constructed in 1907 as a twostory, is now a threestory with 300 seats inside and 50 outside. The design and architecture team also kept features like original bricks (some are different colors highlighting the wear and tear through the years) and steel beams from the existing building since through the years, it has been home to so many unique establishments.
Studio3877 also brought back other elements that the building once had including gorgeous bay windows and a door that stood at the center of the building. The team worked closely with officials and the community on this project as the building is not only historical, but was damaged from the earthquake of 2012.
Through the design, the team wanted to celebrate what the building was and what it had beentaking the existing and celebrating it. “There’s a beauty to the imperfectness,” David ShoveBrown had said. Some of the restaurant highlights include its floating booths that hang over the bar area; these framed table settings provide intimacy for guests wanting a different dining experience. There is also wood found throughoutmost of which is reclaimed including reclaimed timber that was used for the stairs. Greenery and “Matchbox Red” pop against the custom millwork (tabletops, booths, stairs, back bar, bartop, and more).
who is STUDIO3877?
In fall 2010 close friends David Tracz and David Shove-Brown began the process of realizing their decade old dream of forming a professional architecture + design partnership. Through over two decades of experience, we developed goals of not only working with clients interested in the design process but also teaming with partners who can help provide the highest levels of design, construction and presentation. After months of planning and development, STUDIO3877 was born.
STUDIO3877 focuses on single family, as well as multiple-unit residential, commercial, restaurant and automotive projects. In seeking success while working with these various project types, STUDIO3877 begins with the very simple process of asking questions and listening carefully to the answers. We want to understand our clients’ needs, wishes and desires with the intent being to use architecture and design to address each one. We want to minimize our impact on the natural environment but maximize the impact on our clients’ built environment.
The concepts of partnership and team are very important to us at STUDIO3877. Architecture, design and fabrication are processes. While at many times these processes are smooth and predictable there are unfortunately other times when the processes can be erratic and unknown. Through both smooth and rough times, we continue focus on the team and end goal of making a dynamic project and long term relationship.
Very simply, STUDIO3877 is committed to providing innovative and creative designs to enhance and enrich the lives of our clients, partners and communities.
David Shove-BRown, AIA, NCARB
David Shove-Brown, AIA, NCARB is Partner at STUDIO3877, an Architectural, Design, Interiors + Graphics firm with offices in Washington, DC and Cape Charles, Virginia, specializing in residential, commercial, restaurant and automotive architecture + design. STUDIO3877 has completed projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic, New England and New York.
Mr. Shove-Brown holds a bachelors degree in architecture and a bachelors of science in architecture from Catholic University of America. Mr. Shove-Brown has worked for several Mid-Atlantic architects in addition to experience as a consultant for the Ford Motor Company and BMW.
In addition to his practice, Mr. Shove-Brown is Director of International Programs and a guest faculty member at the Catholic University School of Architecture and Planning. As a part of his position at CUArch, he travels extensively through Italy, Spain, France and Finland. Along with teaching at CUA, David has conducted classes at the Corcoran College of Art + Design and led lectures for the National Building Museum, Washington Architectural Foundation and DC Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. David has lectured on topics such as “Building Stewardship_understanding the culture of architecture outside the classroom” and “Assuming Responsibility_community responsibility through design”, nationally and internationally.
David and his work with students has recently been published in “Cefalu: The New Waterfront | Progetti per Un Nuovo Lungomare” by the Fondazione Museo Mandralisca – Cefalù + Museo naturalistico Francesco Minà Palumbo – Castelbuono and “The Casa Malaparte Workshop” by the Fondazione Curzio Malaparte.
David has been presented with architectural awards from groups such as American Collegiate Schools of Architecture, the American Institute of Architects + Washington Architectural Foundation and American Architectural Foundation. Most recently, David has been honored with the z Award, the Washington Architectural Foundation’s award for Architecture in the Public Interest.
In additional to extensive professional associates, Mr. Shove-Brown takes great pleasure in his charitable associations for such organizations as Back On My Feet, the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop and The Crohn’s + Colitis Foundation of America.
David Tracz, AIA, LEED AP
David Tracz, AIA, LEED AP is Partner at STUDIO3877, an Architectural, Design, Interiors + Graphics firm with offices in Washington, DC and Cape Charles, Virginia, specializing in residential, commercial, restaurant and automotive architecture + design. STUDIO3877 has completed projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic, New England and New York.
Prior to joining STUDIO3877, Mr. Tracz was a senior associate at OPX and one of the leaders in its hospitality studio. After working on several hotel projects, Mr. Tracz served as project manager on the Courtyard Marriott in Chevy Chase, Maryland – a Gold LEED® candidate – the only Gold LEED® hotel in Montgomery County (MD) and one of the first for Marriott. He also managed a full rebranding effort for Marriott’s Fairfield Inn & Suites. Splitting his focus between hospitality and green design, Mr. Tracz also worked on construction documents and LEED® Documentation on a LEED® Silver Federal office building in Washington, DC. His combined base building, renovation and green experience has lead to a strong ability to balance budget concerns with design and hospitality needs.
He is often a guest juror at Catholic University of America in Washington, educating students in architecture and graphic presentation. He is also a leader for neighborhood pro-bono projects.
Mr. Tracz holds a bachelors degree in architecture and a bachelors of science in architecture from Catholic University of America. He is currently on the board of the DC Chapter of NEWH.