We received an intriguing architecture conversion from Spacecraft Group. Here is the official press release we were sent: “Mohawk Bend opened its doors on August 1, 2011 in the eclectic neighborhood of Echo Park, Los Angeles, CA. Owner Tony Yanow hired Kristofer Keith of Spacecraft Group to completely transform the 100-year old Vaudeville Theater into four custom designed rooms. Keith remodeled the space with exposed plywood, extensive metal work and brick interior throughout the 10,000 square foot restaurant. One would find themselves entering through the “quad” beneath cathedral ceilings into a dining area filled with comfortable booth seating and mirrored walls. At the center of entertainment, stands a communal table positioned between dual bars that serve 75 beers on tap. Next to it, you will find an open kitchen boasting a custom-built Woodstone oven serving vegan and traditional food.
Further in towards the end of the restaurant, Keith installed a 20ft mosaic glass wall separating the brew pub area from the Ramona Room. Named after the original vaudeville theater, the Ramona Room is a beautiful concealed dining area featuring a high ceiling, skylights, brick walls, and a cozy fireplace. The space is versatile in that it can be completely private with the curtains drawn or with them open making it an ideal place to host events. So far, Mohawk has held intimate gatherings, a wedding reception and are in the processing of planning a large scale network television show wrap party. The natural light, plants and trees also add to the outdoorsy ambiance”. What is your stand on this architecture conversion?
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
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.