Enjoying precious free time in the Twenty Five Lusk Lounge can be a fun and inspiring experience. Located on Lusk Alley in San Francisco’s South of Market district, the Restaurant and bar welcomes guests with 265 seats spread over two levels.CCS Architecture were the ones who created the intimate spaces and they did a wonderful job. What used to be a 1917 smokehouse and meat-processing facility has been transformed into an inviting lounge perfect for sharing fun moments with friends, family or colleagues. The architects explain how they “crafted the two-level space, weaving graceful forms and sophisticated materials through the massive, historic, warehouse structure. The interior emphasizes a counterpoint between the new palette of polished stainless steel, glass, white plaster, leather, mirror, faux fur, and slate and the existing elements of brick, concrete and rough-sawn timber.”
The glass entrance canopy curves up to become the restaurant’s sign and invites people into the lower level lounge and the 120-seat dining room upstairs. Tables, banquettes and booths on the second level ensure the comfort underneath Douglas fir ceilings, while the lounge downstairs is accentuated by suspended, stainless steel fire orb hanging from 20 feet high ceilings. Semi-private lounge areas behind the bar display a mix of brick and concrete building materials, completing the transformation of the former meat-processing facility. What are the reasons that make you want to enjoy a cup of something in a new location?
These days, a building doesnt just have to look good, it should ideally be good for the environment too. A great example of sustainability spliced with style from the past few years is the M&S store at Cheshire Oaks Retail Park in Ellesmere Port, designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson.
A good building should make you want to look at it. Even if not always liked by passers-by, it should always make them feel something. Manchester Metropolitan’s University’s business school is a building that effortlessly fits this criteria. Indeed for many, the building by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is their first taste of the architecture of Manchester as they travel along the arterial road, Mancunian Way. With its distinct ski-slope roof, and glittering mirrored appearance, it provides a flash of silver, and a dazzling break from the dull greys of the motorway, greeting motorists in a slightly space-age way as they enter the city