Uchi Restaurant by Tres Birds Workshop

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Uchi

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Restaurant

INSPIRATION:
Using tbw’s experience in Japan (with completed projects in Tokyo and Osaka) as a foundation, the firm was able to bring Japanese sensibilities to the table while incorporating that which makes Denver unique. The project aimed to create a farm to table dining experience that was both literal and visual, while merging traditional Japanese design with a reuse/recycle sense of materiality specific to Denver.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The Austin-based Japanese restaurant, Uchi, selected tres birds workshop to provide full service sustainable architecture, general contracting, and interior design for their new Denver location. The project utilized native lumber and reclaimed materials to create a balance of light and dark that makes the space compelling. A magnificent eight-foot oculus above the dining room creates views up to the greenhouse above, from which much of the food for the restaurant is directly sourced.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The restaurant is one room with the sushi chefs highlighted at its center. This room has a highly ordered dark side made of ebonized wood screens and ceiling. The rooms light side is constructed of reclaimed raw wood that is chaotic and sourced from remnants of past tres birds’ projects. The wooden elements provide sound attenuation at the ceiling, privacy screens defining space, and a means to direct the guests’ attention to the making of food, at the intersection of these two spaces.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project was completed in the Fall of 2018 in the Curtis Park neighborhood of Denver, Colorado

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Architecture, Building and Structure Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The raw lumber ceiling (which doubles its duty as sound-dampening) contrasts with the black accents around the room. Shoji screens provide a lightness while the boldness of the Austin restaurant’s iconic red flowered paper makes a statement. The southern wall grabs the immediate attention of the guest after passing through the entry. A tbw innovation, the wall is a composite of reclaimed red and crystal bricks that refract the light as it streams into the dining room.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Uchi encompasses a 5072 Square foot ground level restaurant, plus 687 square feet of mechanical space on the second level.

TAGS:
Restaurant, Japanese restaurant, Uchi, interior, brick, glass brick, light, reclaimed materials, sustainable design, urban agriculture

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The conceptual design for Uchi and the greenhouse above explores the transfer of energy through sunlight, water, plant life, and human life. Solar gain is contained in the greenhouse, the large concrete slab acting as thermal mass, regulating temperatures above and below. Sunlight fuels plant life, plant life fuels human life. The relationship is functional and visual.

CHALLENGE:
A challenge for the design of Uchi was to engineer the glass brick wall to serve several experience-enhancing functions as well as technical ones. The wall needed to filter sunlight through the southern façade while providing views out to the city skyline. It needed to be a thermal wall and provide a sense of safety from the street. The insulated brick wall made from regional bricks provide mass, while the custom glass bricks create percolating light conditions and glimpses through to the city.

ADDED DATE:
2019-02-12 21:15:25

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1: James Florio/ James Florio Photography
Image #2: James Florio/ James Florio Photography
Image #3: James Florio/ James Florio Photography
Image #4: James Florio/ James Florio Photography
Image #5: James Florio/ James Florio Photography


Visit the following page to learn more: http://tresbirds.com/UCHI
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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Tres Birds Workshop

PROFILE:
tres birds workshop is a full-service architecture and general contracting firm based in Denver, Colorado. Our primary objectives are to unite humans with nature through the built environment and lower embodied energy + fossil fuel consumption in the practice of architecture. The natural world runs on highly sophisticated and efficient systems that create balance and order. We seek to mimic this efficiency and view each project as a total system to be approached in an integrated and holistic manner, using cross-disciplines: art, science (biology, ecology), anthropology, architecture and construction management. Our goal is to work on projects with people who share values of environmental stewardship, human health, community enrichment and artistic appreciation. We engage in a range of project types: historical renovations, commercial retrofits, new construction, office spaces, creative studios, retail, restaurant, mixed-use development, single-family homes, multi-unit residential buildings, civic, non-profit, temporary installations, permanent fixtures, locally, domestically or abroad.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Uchi Restaurant by Tres Birds Workshop is a Nominee in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category.

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Uchi Restaurant by Tres Birds Workshop is Winner in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category, 2018 - 2019.



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